What Is Sports Dentistry and Who Can Practice It?Sports dentistry is typically practiced by a general dentist or pediatric dentist. The goal of a sports dentist is to help athletes prevent dental damage while they’re engaging in their sport. Another part of their job involves treating athletes which end up with a dental emergency. What sorts of emergencies can arise while playing sports? The most common dental injuries include:
- Broken/Fractured teeth
- A tooth which has been knocked out
- Soft tissue damage (biting the tongue or cheek).
Why Sports Dentistry Is Vital to the Dental Health of All AthletesFortunately, a sports dentist can help with nearly any dental emergency which athletes encounter. They can also help athletes prevent injury in the first place. Here’s how:
1. Treating a Fractured ToothA tooth which has been fractured can be treated in three different ways.
- If damage is minimal, we can place bonding on the tooth to repair the fracture.
- We may need to put a crown over the tooth if the damage is more significant. Sometimes, a root canal is indicated.
- If the root has been fractured, it will likely need to be extracted and replaced with an implant.