Tips for Managing Sports Related Dental Emergencies

Tips for Managing Sports Related Dental Emergencies

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Playing sports is a great way to stay active, healthy and engage with others. In rare occurrences, competitive sports can lead to a dental emergency. A broken or knocked-out tooth, for example, can happen while playing a number of competitive sports. Do you know what to do if this were to happen? Being prepared will give you the best chance at protecting your oral health from a sports injury. 

Most Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can arise from all sorts of issues, including severe toothaches and infections. But when it comes to sports injuries, there are a few that seem to occur more regularly than others, including—  

  • Tooth Avulsion
  • Tooth Intrusion
  • Cracked or Broken Tooth
  • Fractured Roots

Soft tissue lacerations to the gum, tongue, cheek, and lips are also quite common and require the attention of a skilled dental specialist. 

What to Do In a Dental Emergency

When dealing with a dental emergency, remain calm so that you can think clearly. Always call your dentist for guidance and to set an emergency dental appointment. In the meantime, below are a few things you can do until you can see the dentist.

Tooth Avulsion

An avulsed tooth is one that has been knocked out of its socket. In this situation, time is of the essence if you want to save your natural tooth so act quickly.  

Find the tooth, picking it up only by its crown. Rinse it gently to remove any debris and attempt to place it back into your open socket or, if this is not an option, place the tooth in a glass of milk or your saliva.

The risk of losing the tooth permanently increases as each minute passes. 

Tooth Intrusion

A tooth intrusion is when the tooth gets pushed further into your gums and jawbone, rather than being knocked out. The treatment will depend on the significance of the displacement. This is something for your dentist to evaluate.

In the meantime, gently rinse your mouth with cold water and place ice packs over the area. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with the discomfort until you can get an emergency dental appointment. 

Cracks and Fractures

Cracks, broken teeth, and root fractures all need to be seen by your dentist. However, minor cracks or chips may not necessarily warrant an emergency visit. A phone call to your dentist after the injury will help guide you on what to do. 

Rinsing the mouth gently is always recommended. Placing ice on the area will reduce swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce any pain you may be in. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Emergencies 

Should I go to the ER for a dental emergency?

Local emergency rooms often do not have a dentist on staff to address oral health injuries. They can, however, help with pain and infection. 

How can I prevent dental injuries while playing sports?

Wearing a custom-fit mouthguard during practice and play is always a great way to significantly reduce the risk of a sports-related dental injury. 

Dental Emergencies in Fairfield, CT

Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them. So, if you and your family are active in sports, it is always a smart idea to know what to do when you are dealing with a dental emergency – and who to contact for help. 

Dr. Donald Miller of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry is a great resource should you or any of your family members have a sports related dental emergency. Contact us today at 203-255-6878. Or, book an appointment online with our 24/7 online scheduling resource, including the option for emergency dental appointments. 

Dr. Miller specializes in general, family, and cosmetic dentistry and is an active member of the Fairfield, CT community. He has practiced dentistry in Fairfield for over 25 years. Get to know Dr. Miller better by visiting our website.  You can also read Google Reviews submitted by patients for a personal recommendation.

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