Do you play sports or participate in physical activities that have a high risk of injury? Anyone who plays sports such as football and wrestling or engages in high risk physical activities like martial arts should wear protective oral and facial gear. This is because contact sports and activities high in risks for injury contribute to facial trauma.
Blunt force to the mouth, neck, and face can have far-reaching effects on a person’s wellbeing and quality of life. A common issue with facial trauma is broken teeth. Teeth that are broken from trauma require professional intervention that can include the placement of restorations and endodontic therapy like root canal treatment. Many times, patients who have developed broken teeth may need to visit an endodontist for specialized care.
Most dental professionals, including an endodontist will recommend that people who play contact sports or participate in activities with a high-risk for accidental falls and facial trauma wear custom mouthguards. A custom mouthguard is made to fit precisely inside a patient’s mouth and over his or her teeth. Since these mouthguards are custom made, they are ultra-thin so that they are comfortable to wear. Mouthguards protect teeth during accidental falls and contact that can injure oral structures. They also protect teeth from lacerating and scraping soft oral tissue.
Treatment for Broken Teeth
If a person has teeth that are chipped, cracked, or broken, he or she will need to seek the treatment of a dentist as soon as possible. After an initial examination that includes X-rays, the extent of damage done will be assessed so that patients can receive necessary treatment. Some teeth will require endodontic care, also called root canal therapy. Root canal therapy removes the nerve ending inside the tooth as well as cellular material called pulp. The root canal chamber is sealed with a strong, rubber-like compound to prevent future damage and infections.
If you have been referred to our practice, call us today reserve an appointment with our endodontist.