Common Dental Injuries in Sports
Tooth knocked out:
- Locate the tooth and try to replace the tooth back into the socket immediately, DO NOT RINSE WITH WATER, DO NOT SCRUB THE TOOTH!
- If you do not feel comfortable replacing the tooth or are unable to replace it, place the tooth in plain milk and seek dental treatment immediately.
- The best chance of survival of a tooth that has been knocked out is that it be replaced into it's socket within one hour.
- If a portion of the tooth is missing, locate the piece and place it in either plain milk or water.
- Most commonly chipped or cracked teeth are not emergencies unless you are experiencing pain. However if you are experiencing pain, call our office to schedule an appointment.
- An x-ray will be taken to determine the extent of the fracture and treatment will be recommended based on the individual situation. In most cases the broken portion can be bonded back on.
- Attempt to replace the tooth back into it's original position and call our office.
- Depending on the extent of tooth movement and whether any portion of the tooth was fractured will determine what treatment is necessary.
One of the best ways to prevent injury to your child's teeth and mouth while playing sports is to wear a mouthguard. There are several types of mouthguards to choose from, and your doctor can help you choose the best one for your child's particular needs.