It’s all fun and games when you’re enjoying a recreational or sporting activity…until you get hurt. Believe it or not, as many as 90% of sporting related accidents affect the upper front teeth. Teeth can be broken, chipped, or shoved out of place. Not to mention lips and gum tissue can be lacerated. It’s important to know what to do if and when a dental injury happens to you or a friend.
If a portion of the tooth has broken off…find it! Keep the piece inside of a container of water (or milk if it’s available) until you can get to the dental office. Most dentists have an emergency line that they can be reached on if it’s after hours or over the weekend. Your dentist can also help stitch a busted lip if you need it. Emergency rooms may be equipped to handle facial lacerations, but they don’t handle teeth!
Maybe nothing seems wrong with your mouth, but you hit it pretty hard. If you’re not experiencing any pain, it may be ok to monitor the situation before calling your dentist. If the teeth are mobile, begin to turn dark, or form an abscess near the gums – call your dentist right away.
The best way to prevent sports related dental injuries is by wearing a custom mouthguard. Custom made guards are more effective, fit better, and more comfortable to wear than stock guards purchased at the drug store. These guards can also reduce the chance of concussion. All that’s needed to get started is an impression of your mouth. In just a few days, your custom device will be ready to go. It’s one of the best pieces of dental insurance a person can invest in.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry
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