Sport Dentistry El Paso TX - MouthGuard
|Franklin High School Mouthguard
It has been shown that properly fabricated custom made mouthguards by your dentist can reduce the rate of concussion
as well as dental and mandibular injuries. Stenger and others have demonstrated in 1962 the reduction of concussions
and head and neck injuries as well as reduction in dental facial injuries when the Notre Dame football team wore
professionally fabricated custom made mouthguards. Repeated concussions appear to impart cumulative damage,
resulting in increased severity and duration with each incident. Therefore it is imperative to diagnose and
deliver proper custom made mouthguards to athletes after an episode of concussion. In football, the chance
of having a second concussion is four times greater than the chance of sustaining a first concussion.
Catastrophic brain swelling may occur following a second minor head injury in individuals who are still
symptomatic from a prior concussion.
Facts from the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety
Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports;
the majority of these dental injuries are preventable. An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage
to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard. The cost of a fractured tooth is many times greater
than the cost of a dentist diagnosed and designed professionally made mouthguard. Every athlete involved in
contact sport has about a 10% chance per season of an orofacial injury, or a 33-56% chance during an athletic career.
The cost to replant a tooth and the follow-up dental treatment is about $5000. Victims of knocked out teeth who
do not have a tooth properly preserved or replanted may face lifetime dental costs of $15,000-$20,000/tooth,
hours in the dental chair, and the possible development of other dental problems such as periodontal disease.
It is estimated that faceguards and mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school
and college football. The stock mouthguard which is bought at sports stores without any individual fitting,
provide only a low level of protection, if any. If the wearer is rendered unconscious, there is a risk the
mouthguard may lodge in the throat potentially causing an airway obstruction.
Facts about mouthguards
A properly fitted mouthguard reduces the chances of sustaining a concussion from a blow to the jaw. Mouthguards should
be worn at all times during competition; in practice as well as in games. Contact your local dental society and
association for information on dentists and mouthguard programs in your area. The American Dental Association
recommends wearing custom mouthguards for the following sports: acrobats, basketball, boxing, field Hockey,
football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot
putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling.
||AVULSION (Entire Tooth Knocked Out)
- Do not touch the root of the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown only
- Rinse the tooth off only if there is dirt covering it. Do not scrub or scrape the tooth
- Attempt to reimplant the tooth into the socket with gentle pressure, and hold it in position
- If unable to reimplant the tooth, place it in a protective transport solution, such as Hank's solution, milk, or
saline. This will hydrate and nourish the periodontal ligament cells which are still attached to the root.
A small container of Hank's Balanced Salt Solution can be purchased in dental emergency kit form at many drug stores.
Contact lens solution is not an acceptable storage medium
- The tooth should not be wrapped in tissue or cloth. The tooth should never be allowed to dry
- Take the child to a dentist or hospital emergency room for evaluation and treatment
- Radiographs may need to be taken of the airway, stomach, and mouth if the tooth cannot be found
- Tetanus prophylaxis should be considered if the dental socket is contaminated with debris