SPORTS RELATED DENTAL INJURIES2019-10-02T15:17:09-07:00

SPORTS RELATED
DENTAL INJURIES

And How To Prevent It

What do I do if I have a Sport Related Dental Injury?

Fractures:

A tooth fracture is a break or crack in the hard shell of the tooth (enamel). Enamel protects the the nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth. Depending on the type of fracture, the tooth may not cause any pain but left untreated could lead to further damage and possible loss of tooth. An X ray will need to be taken to access the damage.

Luxations:

A tooth luxation is when a tooth has been pushed out of it’s normal position in the alveolus (the bony socket for the root of a tooth). If the tooth is not broken, often times the tooth can be positioned back into space. The tooth may be bonded to the adjacent teeth as it is healing

Avulsions:

A tooth Avulsion is when a tooth has been complete dislodged. if this occurs it is best to keep calm and find the tooth, pick it up by the top (crown) of the tooth (avoid touching the root). Try to replant the tooth by biting on a handkerchief to hold it in position. If this is not possible, place the tooth in glass of milk or a special storage container; the tooth can also be transported in the mouth by keeping it between the molars and the inside of the cheek (do not use this technique for small children as they may swallow the tooth. In this case it is advisable to place the tooth in a container containing the patients spit. Avoid storage in water! If this type of injury occurs seek dental treatment immediately.

Sports Injury and Dental

Orofacial and dental trauma is common in all sports, however contact sports have the greatest risk. If you have a dental injury it is advised to seek an immediate evaluation to properly management the health of the tooth. Seeking immediate dental treatment can increases your chances in saving or restoration of tooth structure. Therefore, if you have a dental emergency please contact our office immediately. Your best chance of avoiding dental trauma while playing sports is to wear a mouth guard to protect your smile.

WHY DO YOU NEED A MOUTH GUARD

WHY DO YOU NEED A MOUTH GUARD
  • Helps reduce chance of concussion

  • Protects jaw joints against injury

  • Protects soft tissues from injury

  • Cushions teeth against impact

  • Helps prevent injuries to the jaws and neck

Custom Mouth Guards vs. Store Bought

Store Bought Mouth Guards:

Are considered a one size fits all and does not accurately adapt to your teeth.

Professionally Made Mouth Guards:

Are more precise and offer you the best protection against tooth injuries.

*Please replace your Mouth Guards every 12 – 18 months.

Custom Mouth Guards vs. Store Bought

If you have further questions please contact us at 619-444-1001 and we will be happy to assist you. Thank you for trusting Dental Arts San Diego for your dental needs.