Sports are a great pastime or way to stay in shape but sports have a history of being a contributing factor to injuries. When we think of a ‘sports injury’, terms like a dislocated or a sprained ‘body part’ comes to mind but teeth are at risk too! Especially when it comes to broken or knocked out teeth.
Across all age groups, from the child on the elementary school team to the professional athlete in the big leagues, there are reports of dental injuries and injuries to the mouth. They come in by the boatloads with about 80% of athletes suffering injuries relating to the mouth or teeth. Despite the traditional image of a hockey player with a big smile and missing teeth, basketball is actually the sport that tends to cost players the largest quantity of pearly whites. Luckily for the athletically inclined, there are ways to protect teeth and gums while out on the field.
Helmets and mouth-guards are the most common safety gear. It can be argued that this equipment can look silly, limit mobility, vision or may even be uncomfortable. However, protective gear can help reduce the severity of injury or guard against it all together.
When it comes to mouth-guards, there are a few available options. Generic mouth-guards are sold at sports stores that are not custom fit and are largely reported to be uncomfortable for the user. There are some mouth-guards that can be molded but are less reliable than ones custom fitted made by dentists. If a tooth should be injured in some way, it is possible to put a porcelain veneer on it, put it back in or replace it with a dental implant. If taking up sports, be sure to get a medical exam and visit your Las Vegas dentist for your oral health.