September in Fort Worth, Texas means one thing: football season is in full swing. Whether it’s high school, college, or even pee-wee, there are games every week. Along with soccer, there are other fall sports going on in North Texas like volleyball and soccer. Protection and prevention is important when it comes to sports and injuries. For dental and orofacial injuries, most can be prevented by wearing a mouth guard. Doing so not only protects the mouth, but it can also limit the damage to the brain. However, if an oral injury does occur during sports (or an accident at any time), it is important to talk to your dentist as soon as possible.
Prevention with Mouth Guards
Especially for a high impact sport like football, a mouth guard can help keep the teeth safe. An orofacial injury is more likely to occur when no mouth guard is being worn. Even for sports like basketball or soccer where it may be less common to wear a mouth guard, it can also help prevent injury to the smile. Impact with a ball or with another player can lead to a dental injury that could be prevented with a mouth guard. Even for solo, non-ball sports like cycling or running, a mouth guard can protect your smile from a fall.
Caring For an Oral Injury
The most common types of orofacial injuries caused by sports are knocked-out teeth, partially dislodged teeth, fractures to teeth, or injury to the lips or gums. Depending on the specific situation, a cleanly knocked out tooth (also known as an avulsed tooth) may be able to be put back in. It is important to be very careful not to further injure the roots of the tooth. In other situations, a tooth may need to be restored with either a crown or maybe even just a cosmetic treatment. In some situations, the tooth may need to be replaced with a dental implant. Whatever the situation, it is crucial to talk to your dentist as soon as you can after an injury to the smile.
Most sports injuries can be prevented
We are available for same-day or weekend appointments to deal with a sports injury. To schedule a consultation, call the 7Day Dental office closest to you! Our offices are located in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.