Sports dentists help your child manage dental injuries that can result from playing sports and are common among athletes. They help fit your child with equipment designed to protect the teeth, mouth, jaw, and face and prevent oral disease form occurring as a result of injury.
COMMON DENTAL INJURIES IN SPORTS
TOOTH KNOCKED OUT:
When a tooth gets knocked out, every second counts – get to your dentist or a hospital as soon as possible. Typically, there is only a 30-minute window to re-implant a knocked-out tooth into the socket. Try to transport the tooth in cold milk if possible, but if that is not available, use saliva, saline, or as a last resort, water. Try to avoid touching to root of the tooth and do not wrap the tooth in anything or let it dry out while transporting it.
If a tooth chips and the pulp of the tooth is exposed, visit the dentist as soon as possible. Once your child arrives at our office, we will use an X-ray to determine how to treat the chip. Sometimes the solution is as simple as a filling or bonding, but if the damage is affecting the nerve of a tooth, a more complicated treatment may be necessary.
Do not try to move the tooth back into position on your own. Call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. You can numb the affected area with ice if your child is experiencing any mouth discomfort.
Wearing a mouthguard is one of the best ways to help your child prevent injury to their teeth and mouth. We can help you select and fit the best mouthguard for your child’s needs.