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 our 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 your dentist 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.
- Save the fractured portion of your tooth if you can locate it, and store it in saliva or milk until you’re able to reach our office. We may be able to save the tooth by bonding the fractured portion back on to your tooth.
- Dr. Magnuson will likely use a dental film of the tooth to determine the treatment necessary depending on the severity of the injury.
- For a serious chip that exposes the pulp of the tooth, call our office 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.
- If a tooth is moved due to trauma, call our office as soon as possible.
- Do not try to move the tooth back on your own.
- For any mouth discomfort before you get to the office, apply ice.
More than 5 million teeth are knocked out in sporting activities each year. While this number is staggering, the American Dental Association estimates that more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented every year thanks to the use of PlaySafe® sports mouthguards.
PlaySafe is the most prescribed mouthguard in the U.S., Europe and Australia. Customized to fit your mouth, statistics show that when worn properly, a protective mouthpiece decreases the risk of injury by 99 percent.
While many sporting good stores sell mouthguards, these versions are not as effective as the PlaySafe sports mouthpiece offered by Willowdaile Family Dentistry. That’s because store-bought mouthguards cannot be altered and require you to keep your mouth clenched for maximum protection. PlaySafe, however, is made using an exact duplication of your mouth and will stay in place with no effort. This gives you the ability to put your attention where it belongs: on the game!
Free Tooth Saver Kit!
Does your child play a contact sport? Ask us to give you FREE Tooth Saver Kit for your Coach! (Retail $28.99) We will check our list to see if they have one. Our goal is to supply every coach in the area! (Limit one per coach of patient of record)
Prevent The Loss of Teeth Knocked Out In An Accident
Did you know trauma is the number one cause of tooth loss in kids ages 13-19? The sad fact is, only 10% of teeth knocked out in an accident can be successfully re-implanted. Using Save-A-Tooth®, the success rate rises to over 90%. Teeth begin to die within 15 minutes of being knocked out of the mouth, but a Save-A-Tooth® will keep that tooth alive and undamaged for up to 24 hours.
Why the FDA, ADA and the U.S. Olympic team love Save-A-Tooth®
Save-A-Tooth® is the only tooth saving system scientifically proven to work, and has been FDA approved and received the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of acceptance — the only such product on the market to do so. And many professional organizations recommend that a Save-A-Tooth® be included in each and every first-aid kit.
Further most professional sports teams as well as the U.S. Olympic team use Save-A-Tooth®. Save-A-Tooth® stores easily with your first-aid kit for up to two years and needs no refrigeration. For more info visit http://www.saveatooth.com/