Sports Dentistry

 Dental injuries can happen during sporting events.

Save Knocked Out Teeth

Did you know that over 5 million teeth are knocked out in the US every year?

Injuries that involve permanent teeth can have long lasting consequences including cosmetic, economic, functional and psychosocial.

The success of re-implanting a permanent tooth depends on how fast you can get it back into the socket and how you care for the tooth if you cannot get it back in immediately.

Successful replacement of a lost tooth is close to 90% if you follow these simple steps:

1. Get the tooth re-implanted ASAP! The ideal time is within 15 minutes. If the tooth is clean, pick the tooth up by the crown and push it back into the socket. Never touch the root of the tooth or scrub the tooth before replacing it in the socket.

Get to your dentist immediately.

2. If you aren’t able to place it back in the socket, place the tooth in an Optimal Storage Environment (OSE) solution. The OSE can maintain the vitality of the tooth for up to 24 hours and is by far the most effective way to store the tooth. If you don’t have an OSE kit and play sports please ask us about getting one.

If you don’t have access to an OSE kit, at minimum, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth and get to us right away.

Suspect a cracked, broken or chipped a tooth?

If you are having tooth sensitivity or avoiding chewing on one side due to tooth pain you may have a cracked or broken tooth. However this pain started, we can help determine the source and choose an appropriate treatment together. Afterwards we can review your existing sports mouthguard or help you select a new sports mouthguard to help avoid similar problems in the future.

Lost a Filling or Crown?

A lost filling or crown is rarely an emergency. But it can be painful. Temporarily, you may be able to slip the crown back over the tooth. A small amount of tooth “cement” or dental adhesive, purchased at the pharmacy will help to hold it in place until your appointment. If not, put the crown in a safe place and take it with you to your dental visit. Adding a small amount of dental cement over the exposed tooth, even without the crown, can help seal the exposed area until you’re able to come in and see us.

Prevention

Many recreational and organized sports activities are high risk for dental injuries. Some of the best injury prevention accessories are helmets and face guards/face shields. Mouthguard’s also play a major role in preventing dental injuries. Our team is experienced with custom and over the counter mouthguard’s and we would be happy to help you select the correct one for your teeth and your sport.

Many dental injuries are preventable. In addition to avoidance of direct injuries by minimizing falls and accidents, and using protective equipment, injury prevention also includes regular dental care and maintenance.