If you or your child participates in sports, you know that athletes are at high risk for injuries to the face, mouth, and teeth.
The Journal of the American Dental Association reports that 13 to 39 percent of all dental injuries are sports-related, and 80 percent of these injuries affect at least one of the front teeth. Whether you get hit in the face with a ball or take an elbow to the jaw, there are infinite chances for you to sustain dental injuries during sports.
At Arcadia Dentaldontics, we believe that the best approach is to prevent these injuries from occurring by using a properly fitted custom athletic mouth guard. However, not all accidents can be avoided, and knocked-out, cracked, chipped, or broken teeth are common and need to be treated quickly.
We Offer the Solutions You Need
Dr. Thai is highly experienced in the area of sports dentistry and is able to effectively treat a wide variety of athletic dental injuries. Our goal is to use the most conservative approach to treatment that will resolve the problem and provide excellent long-term results.
Fractured/Cracked Tooth – A tooth that is cracked but still intact can often be repaired the same day with a simple filling. If the fracture is more extensive, a crown may be necessary to protect the tooth from further damage. Depending on the extent of the fracture, a root canal may be needed.
Loose Tooth – If an injury loosens your tooth or the surrounding gum tissue is bleeding extensively, you need to see us immediately. A loose tooth that is stabilized quickly usually stays in place permanently.
Knocked-out Tooth – Time is of the essence because the odds of saving your tooth increase dramatically if it’s placed back in its socket within 30 minutes to an hour. Beyond 30 minutes, the longer the tooth is out of the socket, the more your chances for long-term success decrease.
Our conservative approach for dealing with a knocked-out tooth is to splint the tooth to surrounding teeth with dental wire. This stabilizes the tooth until it has a chance to heal. Dr. Thai will then monitor the repair for a week or two and then reevaluate the situation, making further recommendations as appropriate.
If we find that the bone surrounding the tooth has also been fractured, the tooth may have to be splinted for a longer period of time. At some point, the repaired tooth will require root canal treatment.
Athletic Mouthguards & Prevention
Athletic mouth guards are the most effective method for protecting the mouth from damage to the teeth and gums. Many generic mouth guards are purchased at sporting goods stores, but the level of protection that a custom mouth guard offers is far superior.
Our custom mouth guards are created using impressions taken of your teeth. The mouth guard is then designed for fit, comfort, and function. If you wear orthodontics, we can provide you with a sports guard that fits comfortably over your braces.
Pre-season exams are also essential for preventing injuries. During these exams we take your dental health history, diagnose cavities, identify loose and missing teeth, check crown and bridge work, and note any history of past dental trauma. Using this information, we can properly diagnose potential complications and create a customized mouth guard to accommodate these needs.
Call Us to Get the Protection You Need
Your teeth are an irreplaceable asset. Protecting them from damage and injury is just good common sense. A simple custom mouth guard can protect you from injuries that are painful, costly, and can permanently harm your oral health.
If you do sustain an injury, please contact our office as soon as possible. We’re always available by phone, even after hours. Simply call our emergency phone number and our on-call staff member will help you. If you are unable to reach us during an emergency, dial 911.