Here’s a situation- a high school basketball player battles for a rebound. Suddenly, she’s hit by the opponent’s elbow, and she starts bleeding from the corner of her mouth. Teammates are checking the floor for either a tooth or teeth that have been knocked out. Parents watch helplessly from the stands, wondering what happened.
Unfortunately, this is not a really rare situation. Injuries are part of the sport and injuries in and around the mouth (oral-facial injuries) are also extremely common. What’s important is bouncing back by getting dental implants.
However, this basketball analogy brings a lot of questions to mind instantly. Is the care needed immediately, or can it wait? What is the best prompt and conclusive treatment? Can the player continue to play, or when can the player return to regular play? Is clear security appropriate for the wounded area? Would this person have been covered before this ever happened? And eventually, is your dentist able to answer all these questions and deal with sports related dental injuries properly?
What do athletes, parents, trainers, coaches and care workers ought to know about sports injuries and their prevention? This article will outline and address some of the many questions that emerged when our fictional basketball player was injured.
Nobody goes to sports with the expectation of deliberately hurting him or herself, but even if not purposely, many accidents are preventable. Oral facial injuries, including damage to the mouth and face, can have major negative functional, aesthetic and psychological effects on both children and adults.
Cautious Approach and Protection Helps
When it comes to sports-related dental accidents and injuries, it’s mostly about prevention — and it’s all about protective devices. In order to avoid dental accidents, there are two important sections of the equipment — dental mouthguards and headgear, both of which help to disperse impact forces, thereby reducing the risk of serious injury. Mouthguards are by far the strongest tools to protect both teeth and mouth in contact sports — when used. It’s a simple need for many sports, such as football.
As a rule of thumb, mouthguards for sports should be used if the sport requires a ball, stick, puck, or physical contact with another player. They can be used not only during games or competitions, but also during practice.
Here are some sports which are highly likely to cause mouth injuries:
Basketball: is a non-contact sport, so it doesn’t sound like a potential criminal. However, since oral safety is not needed for this sport, it puts players at high risk of injury to the mouth.
Hockey: is a definite danger to the teeth between flailing sticks and a puck flying through the air.
Boxing and martial arts: When someone strikes the face, oral accidents can occur. Boxers and martial arts competitors can sustain blows to their faces, cut off their cheeks and lips, and potentially damage their teeth.
Football: It’s no surprise that rugby puts your teeth at risk – but you might be shocked that it’s less risky than sports like basketball or cycling as wearing protective gear is a requirement.
Postponing or Forgoing Dental Implant Surgery: What May Go wrong?
Too many things can go wrong when patients opt not to have dental implants – and patients who do not have dental implant surgery face similar problems.
Postponing even a simple tooth extraction can be a major mistake: the more time a bad tooth is in your mouth, the more damage it can do to your neighbouring teeth.
Putting off dental implants surgery just makes it worse.
Going as little as 12 months without replacing missing teeth (including extractions) induces bone atrophy: i.e., bone density and height declines and deteriorates almost instantly. Hence protecting your teeth by wearing mouthguards is the first step, but if the unforsaken does happen then getting in touch with your family dentist is the second important thing to do.
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