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Sports-Related Dental Emergencies

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Injuring your mouth and knocking out a tooth or two aren’t just things that can happen in a professional hockey game—they can happen to you, too, especially if you aren’t wearing proper protective gear. These are the most common dental emergencies in sports and how to prepare for them.

Common Dental Injuries

The most common sports-related dental injuries are chips, cracks, and completely knocked out teeth. Accidents can happen at any time, but they frequently happen when someone isn’t wearing a mouthguard. Don’t panic if you sustain any of these injuries! Visit a dental office that offers emergency services to help you get your teeth back in good shape.

What Is a Dental Emergency?

If you have serious pain, swelling, excessive bleeding, or have broken or lost a tooth completely, you should see a dentist right away to prevent further injury and to manage your discomfort. If you can save your missing tooth or the broken fragments of your tooth, your dentist may be able to piece it all back together. If not, we can discuss your options to restore your broken, chipped, or missing tooth in the future.

Gargling with salt water is an important way to prevent bacteria from entering any vulnerable areas around the injury. Be sure to ice your cheeks in ten-minute increments to keep swelling down and to help ease the pain.

How to Prepare for a Dental Emergency

1. if you play contact sports and don’t have an athletic mouthguard, then you should get one as soon as possible. Compared to one-size-fits-all versions from the store, a dental professional can make you one specifically designed for your mouth for better protection and fit.

2. Make a plan for where you’ll go to be treated. Check with your dentist beforehand to see if they offer same-day emergency services or can reasonably accommodate emergency patients during hours of operation. Don’t hesitate to call CarolinasDentist and we’ll get you in one of our five locations ASAP.

Dental injuries are no fun, but it is always best to remain calm. Once you are able to see your dentist, know that you’ll be in good hands and that you’ll be on the road to recovery in no time. While we hope that you don’t have to come in for an emergency, our team is here to help you with all of your oral healthcare needs. Schedule your next appointment today!

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