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Sports Dentistry: Protecting the Teeth of Athletes

By Steven Kail on August 31, 2015


An athletic mouth guardThe team at Premier Dental Center is proud to meet the diverse dental care needs of patients in and around the greater Jackson area. This means providing advanced restorative dentistry procedures for the teeth and gums, especially when it comes to the dental care needs of athletes who participate in contact and combat sports.

We'd like to use this blog post to consider the dental care needs of athletes. Keep in mind that sports dentistry can help people at all levels of competition, from pros to students to weekend warriors.

Dentistry for Athletes is About Prevention and Restoration

When it comes to sports dentistry, there are two important aspects to consider: prevention and restoration.

First of all, we want to consider prevention of injury to the teeth and gums. This is crucial to consider, especially since many athletes may be potentially struck in the mouth or face. Prevention of injury means protecting the teeth and gums from harm, and we have some ways of ensuring this.

Second, there's an aspect of restoration. If an athlete's teeth or gums are injured during an athletic competition or exhibition, we will work to fix damage that's been done. This may involve minor restorative work, relatively speaking, or perhaps even oral surgery.

Athletic Mouth Guards

Athletic mouth guards are an important part of the prevention and protection aspect of sports dentistry. A mouth guard is essentially a specially crafted retainer that is designed to reduce the potential harm to the teeth and gums. The mouth guard protects the upper and lower dental arches. The mouth guard will also help prevent injuries to the tongue.

Athletic Mouth Guards Are Ideal for These Sports

Mouth guards are ideal for the following contact sports and combat sports:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Lacrosse
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Tournament martial arts
  • Mixed martial arts (MMA)

Mouth guards are also becoming more common in non-contact sports where physical contact is likely nonetheless. For instance, basketball players and soccer players can both experience potential injuries to the face and mouth during heated competition. Mouth guards for these athletes are a great and smart option for additional protection.

Custom Mouth Guards vs. Stock Mouth Guards

When athletes go to the dentist for their athletic mouth guards, the retainers are custom crafted to their mouth using state-of-the-art impression techniques. If athletes instead opt to go to the store for their mouth guard, the protective retainer is essentially one-size-fits-all.

Custom mouth guards are far more comfortable than stock mouth guards available at the store, meaning less distraction during the thick of competition. The custom mouth guards can potentially offer better protection as well, whereas stock mouth guards may offer minimal protection at best.

Emergency Dental Care Services

If an athlete is injured, there are numerous ways that we can help him or her out. First of all, we can help with emergency dental care services in case of tooth loss, major damage to the teeth and gums, and other urgent dental health needs.

If a tooth becomes chipped or cracked during athletic competition, we can use a variety of restorations to rebuild the tooth, including fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns. We may even be able to reattach the broken portion of a tooth if the problem is addressed quickly enough.

For major damage to the jaw and bone structures of the mouth and face, oral surgery may be considered as needed.

Contact Premier Dental Center

To learn more about sports dentistry and how it can help you have a smile that's healthy and beautiful, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. The entire team here at Premier Dental Center will work with you to meet all of your dental athletics needs.

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