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Do Periodontal Ligament Problems Just Heal Themselves
They can: Think of the ligament as a cushion. It will recover from some, minor trauma. A partial avulsion of a tooth or trauma can heal itself once the trauma is removed. The ligament will respond well. The cells in the pdl also play a significant role in regeneration and tooth movement.See 1 more doctor answer
Has several: There are several purposes. The primary purpose is to attach the teeth to the bone in a manner that enables them to move - absorb some pressure/force without breaking. They also enable teeth to move - with braces. They also contain stem cells that can be recruited to enable bone/tooth to be repaired/rebuilt.See 1 more doctor answer
Quite a bit: You can bite with a lot of force so to bruise one would be difficult under normal function, but if you unexpectadly hit it with a bone or something very hard that you shouldn't bite on, that will do it. A bruised ligament is really tears of some of the fibers and that can make it very sore to bite on and even feel swollen, not look it though.See 1 more doctor answer
Can inflamed periodontal ligament be confused w infection and/or periapical absess? Look similar on xray? Also told vital tooth, coldtest=no infection?
No: The ligament that holds the tooth into the bone and the nerve/blood vessel bundle that enters the inside of the tooth are separate and distinct tissues. Trauma can cause damage today that doesn't become evident for months or even years. See your Dentist to establish a post-traumatic incident baseline.See 2 more doctor answers
Not really: If due 2 a strain, & not a significant trauma, they will heal over time. Ice, rest6, , NSAIDS & tincture of time.
Healthy diet: There is no particular supplement or medication that has been shown to promote ligament healing. That being said, a healthy diet focused on lean and low fat protein sources, plenty of fruits and vegetables and sufficient amounts if water should put your body in the best environment to heal.
It depends on Grade: Ligament injuries are graded on a 0-3 scale. Grade 0 is nl, grade 1 is intact but painful, grade 2 is partially torn, and grade 3 represents a complete tear. Grade 1 injuries heal the quickest (days to wks), while grade 2 injuries heal slower (3-6 wks), and grade 3 injuries take the longest to heal (6 wks +). Some commograde 3 injuries require surgery (acl/lcl) while others (mcl) heal w/o surgery.
Yes, depends: Depends on the extent of injury. Your orthopedic surgeon is the best guide. You always can get second opinion.
Yes: Absolutely it can.Get a more detailed answer ›
A few weeks: Ligament injuries heal slower than muscle problems because there is less of a blood supply to the ligament itself. After the acute injury heat applied to the area will improve blood flow and speed healing. Once the initial pain and swelling goes down gentle motion also stimulates healing.See 2 more doctor answers
Ligament sprain/tear: The acl is a ligament inside the knee that helps to keep the knee stable - keeps it from moving too far forward or backward. It works with the posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) to accomplish this. The acl is often injured when running or other fast movements when the lower leg is planted on the ground and the knee is bent and twisted. It can be a strain or sprain or a complete tear.See 1 more doctor answer
Several months: Torn anterior cruciate ligaments (acl) are routinely reconstructed via surgery. The graft used to replace the acl is placed in bony sockets or tunnels and secured with various forms of fixation devices. True healing only occurs when your body incorporates the graft biologically via strong bonds where the ligament touches the bone and the ligament matures and becomes strong--this takes 3-6 months.
Depends: It will depend on how it is treated. If immobilized 3-5 weeks.
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