ATTENTION ATHLETES! It’s getting to be mouthguard season again! Exactly one year ago, we told you Why Your Child Needs a Mouthguard and now we have more to report! Mouth protection is still just as important as shoulder pads and shin guards when it comes to your sports body armor. Mouthguards are a great way to help prevent damaged teeth and nerves and possibly even losing a tooth! But what if you could do even more with your mouthguard and actually track the intensity of each hit on the field?! Well now you can!
Is your child active in sports at school or recreational activities? If they are, then your child needs a mouthguard and you will want to make sure that he/she is protected not only from the sport itself, but what can happen to their mouths if there is a mishap. Mouth protection is just as important as shoulder pads and shin guards — and a mouthguard should be worn to protect the chompers.
Mouthguards are a great way to help prevent damaged teeth and nerves and possibly losing a tooth! They work by covering all of your teeth (usually on your upper arch) with a fitted plastic material and absorb the pressure from a hit to the mouth.
Usually when you have a broken tooth, it’s important to get in to see a dentist pretty quick. If it’s not painful, you probably have a little time to wait, but you should get it fixed sooner rather than later to ensure that more of the tooth does not break off and could possibly cause the tooth to be unsalvageable. At Szmanda Dental, we pride ourselves in getting patients in the same day they call with a problem to get it attended to – if you’re reading this now and need to be seen, request an appointment right now.
As a general rule at our office, in order to suggest a crown (cap) a tooth needs to be broken to the point where if it breaks again, the prognosis may not be the greatest. If it’s a cusp, it can probably be replaced with a filling, but if it breaks again, then a crown will probably be suggested.
Of course, if it’s a front tooth, (most people don’t want to walk around like Jim Carey in Dumb and Dumber), our dentists will do their best to make sure you leave our office with a fixed smile.