SPORTS DENTISTRY – MOUTH GUARDS / FOOTBALL / SPORTS INJURIES
Whether the dental injuries was caused by an assault, an accident, or sports-related activity, our specialised sports dentistry team handles all of its elements.
Since prevention is always preferable to treatment, we provide custom-fitted mouth guards, which have been shown to significantly lower the occurrence of concussions and tooth injuries.
Dental trauma can be treated to have little long-term repercussions if it is handled properly and in a timely manner.
When participating in a physically demanding sport, you can protect your teeth and gums by wearing a gum shield. A mouth guard is another name for a gum shield.
The Importance of Gum Shields
Gum shields are necessary to avoid the following:
- Crown fractures occur when the visible portion of the tooth is harmed. This can involve the entire crown being broken off or just a corner chipping off.
- Root fracture: a crack in the underlying structure.
A luxation injury occurs when the entire tooth is displaced, harming the pulp’s blood supply in the process.
- Avulsion is the complete loss of a tooth.
A minor bump can potentially cause a pulp (nerve) injury, which can lead to the pulp dying on its own months or years later.
- These wounds can occasionally cause injury to the adult teeth that are located in the gum beneath the milk tooth.
- Gum shields can also lessen some soft tissue injuries, such as lip and gum lacerations.
- Any dental work, such as crowns, veneers, bridgework, or orthodontic treatment, is highly susceptible to dislodgement with trauma in addition to harm to your own natural tissues.
Fixing a Gum Shield
When a problem with their gum shield occurs, we advise our patients not to try to fix it themselves and to call a dentist right once.
Cleaning a Gum Shield
After use, a gum shield should be cleaned. Using a fresh toothbrush, mouthwash that has been diluted, and letting it air dry.
Warm water should not be used since it will cause the gum shield material to be distorted.