Sports and Dental Injuries
By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
November 13, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Injuries to the mouth are painful and excruciating, especially in the area of sports. Damages to the mouth tend to be a significant problem in the sports world, especially contact sports such as boxing. Joliet Smile World Dental Center has many precautions and information for those who participate in contact sports and need dental support.

When teeth are damaged from boxing or a contact sport, come see us as quickly as possible. Waiting to treat the injury after the sporting event can make it much worse than what it could have been, as well as giving you a greater chance at a full recovery. So, what can boxers do to ensure dental injuries don’t happen?

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards should be worn when participating in any activity that has high-impact segments. Strikes or blows to the teeth are the most common injury. Wearing a mouth guard for all sports can help prevent injury. Many guards are available. Different types include:

  • Pre-made: Can be purchased at sporting goods stores.
  • Boil and bite: Can be purchased at sporting goods stores.
  • Custom-made: Specifically made for you by your orthodontist so the mouthguard can properly fit over your braces to protect your smile.

Also, be sure it stays firmly in place during the activity and does not limit your breathing.

Emergency Dental Treatment

Sometimes, dental accidents cannot be avoided. Like we stated before, seeing the dentist immediately is the best choice for you and your mouth. Our office offers emergency dental treatment for those who have chipped teeth, moved teeth, or teeth that have been entirely knocked out. Call our office as soon as you can and we will do whatever we can to care for you as quickly as possible. We also offer a 24-hour emergency call system for our patients, as well.

You don’t have to give up what you love (boxing) because of a scary dental emergency. Just remember to use a mouthguard and see us as soon as an dental injury occurs. You can contact our office by calling 815-741-4155.