Sports and Trauma
Athletes of all ages should wear sports guards to protect their teeth. This involves taking an impression and can be fabricated within 24 hours. Blackrock Clinic Dentistry can make mouthguards in a range of colours to match your team colours and you can have your name engraved if desired.
Dental trauma can occur anywhere at any time whilst playing sport, cycling to work, or due to accidental trips and falls. If this happens to you, do not fear, Blackrock Clinic Dentistry is here to help.
Following dental trauma, it is important that a thorough examination of the head, neck and mouth is carried out. Blackrock Clinic Dentistry will examine for extra-oral fractures (nose, jaw, cheek bone,) soft tissue (lips, cheek, neck, gums,) swellings, hard tissue (teeth) examination. Radiographs(x-rays) and photographs will be taken.
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ADVICE FOLLOWING DENTAL TRAUMA:
Did you know that if a tooth is knocked out of the mouth, the best thing to do is put it back into place as soon as possible? If you are involved in an accident that results in a tooth being knocked out (avulsion).
PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:
- Call Blackrock Clinic Dentistry immediately for an appointment, assurance and instructions on what to do
- If you cannot attend straight away then you can place the tooth in milk or saliva
- Pick the tooth up by the crown only and avoid touching the root
- If it is visibly dirty rinse it lightly in water or saliva
If you are unable to attend a dentist straight away then you may be able to place the tooth back in position, but do so with caution. Hold the tooth in place until secure and then bite down on sterile gauze for at least 30 minutes.
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- If a tooth is loose then it will require slight manipulation in order to be repositioned, and will most likely require a splint to be placed to support the teeth for several weeks.
- If you chip a tooth following trauma and the nerve is exposed, you may require root canal treatment and possibly a crown.
- Very often a broken tooth can be repaired with just a simple filling.
- Unfortunately if the trauma has resulted in a fracture of the root, the tooth may need to be extracted.
- If the tooth has fractured at the gum level then you may be able save the tooth by completing root canal treatment, placing a post and a crown on the tooth.
- Always be very cautious of a swelling. Swellings due to infection can increase in size very quickly. Attend your dentist immediately to assess and treat immediately.
Diet: Following trauma a soft diet for 2 weeks is always advised. It is very important to discuss the appropriate diet after the accident with your dentist.
Oral hygiene: A strict oral hygiene regime must be implemented to reduce risk of infection.
Antibiotics: May be required, your dentist will advise you if they are needed.
RECENT TRAUMA CASE AT BLACKROCKCLINICDENTISTRY:
Colleen fell the previous night resulting in a laceration and a swelling to her lower lip and a fracture of her upper right 1. Her tooth was slightly sensitive but no real pain. We were able to carry out a composite restoration on the day.
Colleen was reviewed 2 weeks later, her lip had healed perfectly and she was very happy with the results.
If you require further information regarding trauma injuries to the teeth please visit the International Trauma Association website:
of which BlackrockClinicDentistry is a member. You can also receive information at Dental Health Ireland http://www.dentalhealth.ie/dentalhealth/causes/dentaltrauma.html.