By Ottawa Smiles Dental
November 28, 2016
Category: Oral Health

If you are an athlete, you are probably aware that injuries come with the territory of playing sports. Broken bones, pulled muscles and dental emergencybruised body parts are all common occurrences in many sports. However, even if you wear a mouth guard every second you are on the field, you could still suffer from a dental injury. Learn how to be prepared for a sports-related dental injury with Dr. Todd Brower at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI.

Common Sports-Related Dental Emergencies

  • Lost tooth: If your tooth becomes dislodged or comes out due to force or trauma, stay calm. Find the tooth and hold it by its crown, or top, not the root. If necessary, rinse any dirt or debris from the tooth with cool water, making sure not to scrub the tooth or remove any soft tissues which may remain on its root. Try to gently place the tooth back into its socket, but stop immediately if there is pain or you have to use force. Store your tooth in a container of milk and bring it with you to your dental appointment, which you should schedule immediately.
  • Broken tooth: A broken or fractured tooth can occur due to a wonky tackle or simply biting into something too hard. However, this condition can cause severe damage to the tooth and, if left untreated, result in losing the tooth altogether. If you have a broken tooth, even if you do not experience any pain alongside the break, you should see your dentist for treatment as soon as you can.
  • Chipped tooth: A chipped tooth is usually not a cause for concern and does not always require immediate medical attention. However, if you notice a fracture in the tooth or the chip extends underneath the gum line, it becomes more serious. In this case, you should schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible.
  • Injury to the soft tissues: Injuring the soft tissues of the mouth can lead to further complications, like an infection, if left untreated. If you have an injury to the soft tissues of your mouth, you should consult with your dentist to determine if it requires at-home or medical care.

Protecting Your Teeth in Holland, MI
If you play sports, you should wear a mouth guard at all times, even if you are only practicing. While many sporting good stores sell mouth guards of the “boil-and-bite” variety, they do not protect your teeth and mouth as well as a more customized version. You can order a custom-made and effective mouth guard from your dentist.

For more information on sports-related dental emergencies, please contact Dr. Brower at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI. Call (616) 399-3600 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Brower today!

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