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Losing Your Teeth Through Dental Injuries In Sports: Implants And Mouthguards

June 13, 2024

In the world of sports, the thrill of the game often comes with the risk of injury. Participating in high-contact sports like rugby or football, may lead to dental injury.  Advancements in modern dentistry offer solutions to prevent, repair, or replace most injuries sustained through sports, ensuring that athletes can continue to shine without compromising their smiles.

 

The Risks to Teeth in Contact Sports

Engaging in any sport carries a certain degree of risk to your dental health, but it’s athletes in contact sports who face a significantly higher chance of traumatic injuries to their teeth. Gary Price, Principal Dentist at Exeter Advanced Dentistry, shares that “the most common dental injuries in sports include cracked teeth and fractured roots which can have long-term consequences if left untreated.”

Cracked Teeth

A cracked tooth is a frequent occurrence among athletes who forego wearing a mouthguard. This type of injury can be both painful and aesthetically displeasing. It often presents as visible lines in the enamel that may begin at the crown of the tooth and extend downward. Regular dental check-ups are crucial as they can help identify a cracked tooth early on. Treatment options include either extracting and replacing the tooth or performing root canal treatment followed by the placement of a crown to protect the damaged tooth.

 

Fractured Roots

High-contact sports may lead to instances where a tooth is completely knocked out. For adults in these situations, the tooth usually needs replacing, commonly with dental implants. “At Exeter Advanced Dentistry, we use a titanium root placed in the gum to replace the natural root, followed by the addition of a porcelain tooth to simulate the missing tooth, creating a strong, natural-looking replacement,” says Gary Price.

 

Do Mouthguards Prevent Dental Injuries in Sports?

Prevention is always preferable to cure. Mouthguards serve as an immensely effective method for protecting teeth during sports activities. It’s important to avoid over-the-counter mouthguards, which may be ill-fitting, uncomfortable, and potentially restrict breathing. Custom-made mouthguards crafted by dental professionals provide a perfect fit, offering optimum protection without compromising comfort. Tooth Loss Treatment at Exeter Advanced Dentistry

At Exeter Advanced Dentistry, our team is ready to assist if you’ve experienced tooth loss or damage due to sports injuries. Our experienced dentists have the expertise to replace or reconstruct your tooth, restoring its function and your confidence. We also offer custom-made mouthguards designed to protect your teeth and prevent potential injuries.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Exeter Advanced Dentistry for more information, or book a consultation with us today by calling 01392 202007. Your smile is an integral part of who you are — both on and off the field. Protect and restore it with help from our expert team.

Engaging in any sport carries a certain degree of risk to your dental health, but it's athletes in contact sports who face a higher chance of dental injuries