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Sports Injuries: Basketball

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Sports Injuries: Basketball

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Today's patient came to us with a tooth knocked in after a game of basketball. Believe it or not, basketball is one of the most oral-injury prone competitive sports (even more than football). This type of injury is called a luxation- that is, the tooth was moved but not removed from it's original location in the mouth. This is a problem that needs to be evaluated by a dentist as soon as possible. Treatment usually involves moving the tooth back into its original position, stabilizing it with minor orthodontics and monitoring it for infection. However, the long term prognosis on luxation is not great. You may find yourself needing an implant, bridge or partial denture in the future. 

Though we see numerous patients every year with injuries just like this one, they are largely preventable. Sports guards are an excellent way to minimize damage to the teeth and surrounding tissues. Our office makes custom fit guards in-house for about $55. All we need is an impression of your upper teeth and 15 minutes to fit the final product. If you would like to know more about sports guards or have questions about sports injuries, please give us a call. 

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Video Blog on Mouth Guards

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Video Blog on Mouth Guards

Greetings, my name is Dr. Kari Ann Hong and I have a family dentistry practice where I see patient from all age groups.  One of my goals in my practice is to help patients keep their teeth for their entire lives.  Mouth guards are a great way to protect the teeth.  If you play a sport like rugby, football, soccer, basketball, hockey, or martial arts, then you would likely benefit from a mouth guard.  In my practice we make custom fitted, dual layered, heat pressure formed mouth guards.  A custom fitted mouth guard is made to fit on the upper arch and protects that bone above the teeth, the teeth, and the jaw joint.  It is possible to talk and breath with a custom fitted mouth guard.

Mouth guards can be made in a variety of colors and thicknesses, depending on your team and the sport being played.  Sports injuries to the teeth are a completely preventable emergency.  The life long cost associated with losing a tooth due to injury is thousands of dollars. If you would like more information about how to protect your teeth, please feel out the contact us form below.

 

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Athletic Mouthguards

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Athletic Mouthguards

Almost every physical activity carries some risk of harm or injury to your person. Bikes crash, lacrosse sticks get launched and soccerballs never go exactly where intended. We often take precaution against these injuries with helmets, kneepads and special footwear. However, we rarely consider the potential for tooth injury- unless a coach or league mandates mouthguard use.

In reality, there are a number of ways in which your teeth can be damaged during any activity. Many of these injuries can be minimized or prevented by using a custom fitted mouthguard.  These soft appliances help redistribute forces and protect the teeth from blunt trauma during athletic events.

A finished mouthguard. Notice how the material sits flush against the gums for extra support. Your personal appliance can be adjusted and contoured entirely to your liking. 

A finished mouthguard. Notice how the material sits flush against the gums for extra support. Your personal appliance can be adjusted and contoured entirely to your liking. 

Who could benefit from using a mouthguard? A general rule of thumb is any sport or activity where you would wear protective padding (Such as a helmet) will present a risk of tooth injury. Studies show that athletes have 10% risk of sustaining an orofacial injury every year, with a total risk of injury of about 30%-50% over a lifetime. Furthermore, mouthguards protect beyond tooth injuries. Lip lacerations, TMJ trauma and tongue injuries can also prevented be via sports mouthguards. Some studies suggest that mouthguards could be protective against certain types of traumatic brain injuries as well. Additionally, many athletes feel that mouthguards allow them to feel more balanced and focused by providing a flat and even surface rest and concentrate on. 

The mouthguards we make at our office take your entire mouth anatomy into consideration. We use stone models and vacuum packing to form them not only to your teeth but up flush against your gums as well. This process eliminates the loose and flimsy feeling that comes with many “heat and bite” style mouthguards. The plastic is contoured and smoothed so that it feels natural in your mouth without losing any protective ability. The bottom side is layered with two types of protective acrylic, so that clamping injuries (such as an elbow to the lower chin) are counteracted by evenly distributed forces. The whole process only takes two appointments, firstly to take the initial impressions and a follow up to deliver and adjust the appliance.

At Thousand Oaks Family Dentistry, we want patients to be as educated and safe as possible in their daily activities and hobbies. Even if you are comfortable with your current mouthguard or not interested in having one made, please call our office if you have any questions about oral injuries. We feel that many types of trauma are preventable via education and want to be available to answer any questions you may have!


Additional Reading:

Types of Dental Trauma:

http://www.dentaltraumaguide.org/

Sports Related Dental Injuries: http://www.dentalcare.com/en-US/dental-education/continuing-education/ce127/ce127.aspx?ModuleName=coursecontent&PartID=1&SectionID=-1

Custom Mouthguards and Traumatic Brain Injuries:

http://www.traumaticbraininjury.net/custom-made-mouthguards-may-help-prevent-sports-related-brain-injuries/

ADA article on Sports Mouthguards:

http://www.ada.org/en/press-room/news-releases/2013-archive/april/play-it-safe-prevent-facial-injuries-with-simple-s


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