If you participate in any sport, your teeth are at a high risk of getting damaged. Fortunately, modern dentistry has made it possible for athletes to treat traumatic dental injuries. Different types of dental injuries happen in sports. You can get cracked teeth, fractured roots, tooth intrusion, and many more. When any of these injuries occur, there are specific vital steps you should take to alleviate pain and prevent further damage. Taking quick action might help save your damaged tooth. Here are some of the steps you need to take when your teeth get injured during sports.
A Chipped Tooth
If you have a chipped tooth, find the chip if you can and save it. In case you can’t find it, talk to your dentist to see if they can fix it with the white resin. Depending on the extent of the damage, a chipped tooth might be repaired in a single visit. Bigger chips require crowns that fit over the remaining pieces of the damaged teeth. The dentist will start by making an impression of the damaged tooth to mold a crown. Therefore, this process requires two visits to the dental clinic.
A Displaced Tooth
If your tooth has been knocked out of position, go to the dentist immediately. He or she will analyze the extent of the damage and decide on the best course of action. Depending on how badly the tooth has been displaced, the dentist could gently pull it back to its proper position and splint it with a pair of braces that help to hold the tooth in place to allow it to heal and reattach to the jawbone. Repositioning the tooth immediately helps to preserve your periodontal ligament tissue. But if the tissues inside the tooth are damaged, you will have to replace the root canal.
If You Have a Tooth Knocked Out
When your tooth gets knocked out completely, you should find it and try to put it back into the socket immediately. Before you put it back, rinse it with clean water or milk and do not scrub it. Scrubbing it removes any periodontal ligament tissue that could be clinging to it, thus making it hard for the tooth to reattach to the jaw. Also, don’t force the tooth back in. If it is too difficult to put back in, put the tooth in salt water, and carry it with you to the dental clinic. Never place the knocked-out tooth on a tissue paper or napkin because it will dry out and destroy the remaining periodontal ligament tissue.