Sports Dentistry and Mouthguards

Sports Dentistry and Mouthguards

Save Knocked Out Teeth

Were you aware that more than 5 million teeth get knocked out in the United States each year? Injuries that involve permanent teeth can have significant and long-lasting consequences, including functional, psychosocial, cosmetic, and economic effects.

The success of re-implanting a permanent tooth depends on how quickly you can return it to the socket and the care you take if it cannot be replaced right away.

By following these simple steps, successful replacement of a lost tooth is close to 90%:

ASAP, get the tooth re-implanted! The ideal time is within 15 minutes. If the tooth is clean, grab it by the crown and push it back into the socket. Avoid touching the root of the tooth or scrubbing it before placing it back in the socket. Get to your dentist as soon as possible!

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

If you don’t have access to an OSE kit, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth and come to our office immediately.

Suspect a cracked, broken, or chipped tooth?

If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity or avoiding chewing on one side due to tooth pain, you may have a cracked or broken tooth. No matter how this pain began, we can help identify the cause and select an appropriate treatment together. Afterward, we can evaluate your existing sports mouthguard or assist you in selecting a new one to prevent similar issues in the future.

Lost a filling or crown?

A lost filling or crown is seldom an emergency, but it can be painful. You may be able to temporarily slip the crown back over the tooth. A small amount of dental adhesive, or tooth “cement,” purchased at the pharmacy can help keep it in place until your appointment. If not, keep the crown in a secure location and bring it with you to your dental appointment. Adding a tiny amount of dental cement over the exposed tooth, even without the crown, can help seal the exposed area until you can visit us.

Prevention

Prevention is critical. Many recreational and organized sports activities pose a high risk of dental injuries. Helmets and face guards/face shields are among the best injury prevention accessories. One of the most effective ways to prevent sports-related dental injury is to wear mouthguards. At Smile Marysville, we offer custom-made adult and youth mouthguards in a variety of colors and sizes. Over-the-counter mouthguards provide adequate protection if they’re ADA-certified, but when you consider the value of your smile, investing in a custom-made mouthguard with a precise fit is a smart decision. Our custom-fit mouthguards are appropriate for any contact sport and significantly reduce the risk of extensive treatments and costs associated with treating sports-related dental trauma.

Don’t let an unfortunate accident spoil the game! Many dental injuries are preventable by minimizing falls and contact and using the proper protective equipment. Contact us today to discuss the best methods for safeguarding your smile during physical activity and to determine if a custom-made mouthguard is right for you.

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