If your tooth has been injured, we can repair it in our cosmetic dentist office. Tooth injuries are incredibly common, and sports accidents are a major culprit with 40% of all adult tooth injuries happening has a result of playing or practicing sports. In fact, the American Dental Association reports that 13 to 39 percent of tooth loss is for this same reason.
Protecting your teeth is the first place to start. This can be done by focusing on preventative oral health care. You can keep your teeth healthier by eating a diet that contains yogurt, cheese, nuts, lean protein and crunchy fruits and vegetables. Eating these foods instead of sugary foods like cookies and crackers will help teeth to stay stronger. The stronger teeth are, the less likely they will become damaged while playing sports.
In addition to a healthy diet, we recommend that patients brush with a fluoride toothpaste and do so throughout the day. The sooner you brush after eating or drinking, the less time sugar and bacteria have to linger on your teeth and create a risk of infection. As a cosmetic dentist, we are experts at repairing teeth and transforming smiles but we prefer for our patients to avoid anything that could cause them oral pain, and therefore promote preventative health care.
While playing sports, you can also protect your teeth by wearing a mouth guard. The American Dental Association estimates that over 200,000 injuries are prevented every year by college and high school football players wearing a mouth guard. Mouth guards are important to wear in any contact sport. In fact, basketball has one of the highest injury rates for teeth with the University of California reporting that 11 out of every 100 players suffered from a tooth injury. Even if the sports league doesn’t require you to wear a mouth guard, doing so is a good idea.
If your tooth is injured anyway, we have several ways to restore your damaged tooth to full functionality and a natural appearance. As a cosmetic dentist, we frequently use dental veneers to correct cracked and chipped teeth. In this procedure, a thin shell is placed onto the surface of the tooth so that it can look and behave like normal. Teeth that are more severely damaged can be restored using a dental crown. A crown is a cap that completely surrounds the tooth, making it extremely effective at holding a damaged tooth together and giving it the strength necessary for you to be able to bite down and eat like normal.
As a cosmetic dentist, we also have ways to replace a tooth that has been knocked out due to a sports accident. A dental bridge, for example, can be placed securely in your mouth by putting a crown on the two teeth surrounding the missing one. It will look natural and doesn’t require surgery. Athletes that need a more durable solution can turn to dental implants where the entire root system is also replaced, and the result is a tooth that won’t become loose or fall out with high activity. If your tooth has been injured, give us a call to discuss the many options available to you.