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Sports DentistryTraumatic Dental Injuries

Sports dentistry is the prevention and treatment of dental injuries and related oral diseases, as well as the sharing of information and equipment designed to help protect the teeth, mouth, jaw, and face of athletes of all ages. Injuries to the teeth and mouth are common among athletes. It’s important to protect your smile while playing sports for aesthetics as well as your health.

Common dental injuries in sports include:

  • Knocked out tooth/teeth
  • Chipped tooth/teeth
  • Displaced teeth
  • Tooth Knocked Out

Time is the most important factor when trying to save a tooth, so get to Discover Dental as soon as possible. In general, there is a 30-minute window of opportunity to re-implant the tooth in the socket.

  • Do not try to re-implant the tooth yourself.
  • The best liquid to transport tooth in is cold milk. If milk is not available, use saliva (if possible), saline, or if nothing else is available, water.
  • Don’t let the tooth dry out and don’t wrap it in anything.
  • Don’t touch the tooth root if you can avoid it.
  • Primary teeth, often called “baby-teeth”, are generally not re-implanted.

Tooth Chipped/Cracked:

  • We will likely use an X-ray of the tooth to determine the treatment necessary dependent on the severity of the injury.
  • For a serious chip that exposes the pulp of the tooth, get to Discover Dental as soon as possible.
  • If a tooth is chipped or cracked, sometimes the tooth can be fixed with just a filling or bonding alone.
  • Sometimes, a tooth is cracked or chipped in a way that the nerve of the tooth is affected, and a more complicated treatment may be needed rather than just a filling.

Tooth Displaced:

  • If a tooth is moved due to trauma, see Dr. Hallett 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.

Preventing Injury

One of the best, and most convenient, ways to prevent injury to your teeth and mouth while playing sports is to wear a mouth-guard. There are several types of mouth-guards to choose from, and we can help you choose the best one for your particular needs.