Understanding tooth injuries

by: Sandy Johnson, RDH, BA

Most people don’t think about tooth injuries until they sustain one, which is obviously a problem if the injury is serious and you need to act quickly.

The most common injury is to a tooth that has a filling or crown. These are far more likely to break or chip, because they are not as strong as the real thing. These can sometimes be damaged by something as simple as hard or sticky food. You’ll want to get this kind of damage taken care of sooner than later, but there’s no need for immediate concern.

Another common cause of tooth injury is sports related head and face trauma. As you would probably guess, the more physical contact there is in the sport, the more likely the injury. Basketball is one of the most common culprits, (even though it’s “non-contact”) because so few players wear a mouth guard. If you do sustain a serious injury, (such as a tooth fracture or knocked out tooth) contact a dentist right away to avoid permanent damage.

Of course, the best way to take care of a tooth injury is to avoid it! Wear a mouth guard if you are playing a sport that could result in an injury. You can pick them up for a few dollars at a sporting goods store, or we can even have one custom made for you if you’d like something more comfortable.

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