Sports dentistry is the preventions and treatment of dental injuries related to sports accidents. Injuries to the teeth and mouth are extremely common in sports, especially in high contact sports. It is important to protect your or your child’s teeth during sports.
Common Sport-Related Dental Injuries
If you or your child’s tooth is knocked out, whether it’s a sports-related injury or not, it is imperative that you get to the dentist right away. After 30 minutes the tooth will no longer be able to be re-implanted.
Do not try to re-implant the tooth yourself.
Transport the tooth in cold milk. If milk is unavailable, use saliva, saline, and if nothing else water.
Do not let the tooth dry out.
Do not wrap the tooth in anything.
Do not touch the root of the tooth.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth:
Your dentist will likely use an X-ray of the tooth to determine the treatment necessary.
For a serious chip that exposes the pulp of the tooth, get to your dentist as soon as possible.
If a tooth is chipped or cracked, sometimes the tooth can be fixed with a filling or bonding alone.
Sometimes a tooth is cracked or chipped in a way affecting the nerve of the tooth, and a more complicated treatment may be needed.
If a tooth is moved due to trauma, see your dentist as soon as possible.
Do not try to move the tooth back on your own.
For any mouth discomfort before you get to the dentist, apply ice.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. At Coshocton Dentistry we offer custom athletic mouthguards to help prevent and lessen the severity of dental injuries in sports. Our mouthguards start at $10 and are molded to fit your teeth perfectly. You can then choose colors and even logos of your favorite sports teams.
What Sports Warrant a Mouthguard?
And any other activity with potential contact to the mouth and head.
Contact us at Coshocton Dentistry today to schedule your appointment to get your own custom sports mouthguard.