Football Season Has Arrived and a Veneers Dentist Frequently Fixed Teeth Damaged During the Game

Posted on: September 1, 2014

Veneers DentistAs a local veneers dentist, we treat athletes that have had their teeth damaged while practicing or playing the game. While the teams are running onto the field, parents and fans are cheering but most people don’t think about how dangerous playing sports can be.  Whether you are playing in the big leagues or peewee football – your teeth are in jeopardy.
According to the American Dental Association, the number one reason that teeth are injured every year is playing sports.  This applies to adults across the board, and since most adults don’t play for the NFL, it is clear that even a casual game of softball can damage your teeth.  The University of California conducted a quick study, which highlights how all sports, even those you don’t think of as dangerous, can be harmful to your teeth.  Over the span of nine years, they gathered accident reports from players and looked to see which sport, within their athletic department, led to the greatest number of dental injuries.  It turns out that basketball was actually the most dangerous.  In fact, 11 out of every 100 players reported injuring their teeth.
Most people think of football and hockey as the most dangerous sports but in these games, athletes are required to wear protective gear and a mouth guard.  In sports like basketball, baseball, and soccer, athletes don’t have to wear a mouth guard, which can contribute to an increase in the number of injuries. As a veneers dentist, we can correct teeth that have become damaged but prefer for our clients to stay safe in the first place.  With this in mind, we recommend that adults and children wear a mouth guard when playing sports so that they can reduce the likelihood of teeth becoming injured.
Another way to protect teeth is by keeping them healthy.  When teeth are cavity free, and there is no gum disease present, there is a reduced chance of them becoming damaged.  Think of it like a winter pond.  When it is completely frozen over, it is safe for children to play on for hours of skating.  If, however, there is one crack in the pond simply walking on it can lead to the ice breaking and someone falling in.  Teeth are similar in that if a tooth is strong and free from infection or damage, being bumped by an elbow or even hit with a ball – will have less impact.  If, however, that same tooth is damaged in any way – an accident can lead to major damage or the tooth falling out.  Having teeth cleaned twice a year, and any infection treated, can prevent this from happening.
If your tooth is damaged anyway – call a veneers dentist.  We can restore most damage by placing a dental veneer onto the surface of the natural tooth.  A veneer is a thin shell that is made to match your surrounding teeth.  We use it to correct cracks and chips in a way that looks completely natural.  If your tooth is damaged, call right away so that we can get you on the road to recovery and back in the game.

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