Participating in sports helps us keep our body healthy, but it can also mean an increased occurrence of dental injuries. No matter what sport or skill level, athletes need to take care of their teeth both on and off the field. Most athletes are careful about what they eat and their workout routines. Part of that routine should include taking care of your mouth and teeth every single day. Sports-related dental injuries result in pain, stress, and missed work or school days, but wearing a sports mouthguard can help prevent injuries.
Can a Knocked-Out Tooth Be Reinserted?
Around 20% of sports injuries are to the mouth. The most common injuries are tooth fractures and partially or fully-dislodged teeth. In addition, luxation can also occur. A tooth luxation refers to trauma that causes a tooth to move out of position including backward, forward, or sideways.
Sometimes, a knocked-out permanent tooth can be reinserted in the mouth by a dentist. However, many times there is too much damage to the tooth’s roots, surrounding teeth, or gums to successfully reinsert the tooth. This leads to the need for a dental implant or bridge.
Mouth Guards are Helpful
Mouthguards are the best way to protect all areas of the mouth, including teeth, tongue, gums, lips, and cheeks. If you play a contact sport, we recommend wearing a mouthguard at all times. There are a few different types of mouthguards:
- Stock Mouthguards – These are inexpensive and pre-formed found at sports retailers. They do not fit very well and make breathing and talking difficult during sports.
- “Boil and Bite” Mouthguards – These are also found at sporting goods stores. You simply boil the mouthguard to make it pliable, then bite down on it so it forms to the mouth. It is a less expensive option but does not protect as well as a custom mouthguard.
- Custom Mouthguards – We can make a custom mouthguard just for you! This creates the most secure and form-fitting mouthguard which will protect your teeth the best. It’s also the most comfortable mouthguard option since it is created just for your mouth.
A sports-related tooth injury has the potential to cause long-term dental problems, but only if it doesn’t receive immediate attention. Contact us at 312-943-6444 and we look forward to assisting you today!