Life is a risk. There are countless ways that someone can succumb to a dental injury.
However, athletes represent a much higher risk factor – particularly those who participate in high contact sports such as football, hockey, and basketball.
All athletes should consider mouth protection. Common dental injuries which often result from sports are easily preventable with the right mouth protection.
Sport Related Dental Injuries
When the visible layers of your tooth (enamel and dentin) are fractured, chipped, cracked, or broken, this allows germs to get to your roots.
If fractures offer a direct path to the pulp of your teeth, germs will have a chance to penetrate your root canals and dental pulp, causing serious infection and possibly a dangerous abscess.
Knocked Out Teeth
Another common sports injury is a displaced tooth. Teeth can be easily knocked out by a hard impact. Sometimes, the tooth is severely loosened, but still attached by the roots.
If your tooth is still attached, it’s good news because there is a good chance that Dr. Spada can utilize a splint to keep the tooth in proper position while the roots strengthen and heal. If your tooth is completely severed from the roots, reattachment is possible in some cases, but a dental implant or bridge might end up your only way of restoring your smile.
Dr. Spada is an authorized provider of Under Armour Performance Mouthware.
She is passionate about protecting and maintaining your smile. Under Armour Performance Mouthware is good for serious athletes and recreational sports enthusiasts, alike.
Unlike one-size-fits-all mouth protection, Under Armour mouthguards are custom fitted to enhance your performance and improve the protection you receive as you play hard. You can click here to learn more about Under Armour products or visit the Under Armour FAQ page.
Visit your Sudbury, MA Dentist
Preventive care goes a long way toward protecting your smile. To learn more about customized athletic mouthguards, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Janice Spada, contact our Sudbury, MA dentist office at 978-443-3111. We welcome patients living in and around Boston, Marlborough, Framingham, Worcester, and the surrounding areas.
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