What to Do if You Lost a Tooth Playing Sports – The Basics

Sports are fun but on occasion accidents will happen. No matter how many precautions you take, there is the chance in many sports that you will suffer lost teeth. When this occurs, knowing what to do is important. There are a few simple things to remember when you lose a tooth playing sports that can help ensure that the best result occurs. First of all, don’t panic. The pain may be tough to deal with but try to remember to focus on what you’re doing – there’s a good chance things will work out alright. If you can find the tooth, wrap it in gauze, a towel, or some other soft fabric. This will protect it. Try to see an emergency dentist as quickly as you can since there is a chance he will actually be able to replace the tooth in the socket that it was knocked out of. This is only possible if the tooth came out, roots and all. If it broke, you’ll face a different problem since the dentist won’t be able to simply repair the break. If your tooth broke, or if you can’t find the missing tooth, you’ll have a different path to take. Start by taking some mild pain relievers to help you with the pain you’re probably feeling. Then try to set up a dentist appointment. In many cases they’ll be able to work you in quickly. In the meantime, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth or even using that side of your mouth since it can cause irritation, further pain, more damage, and other problems. It may be difficult but you need to avoid further irritation until you reach the dentist. If a tooth has been knocked loose but not entirely out, it is important to remember that a dentist can often splint the tooth and allow it to reattach itself. But it’s important to visit a dentist as soon as possible and avoid any kind of activity on that side of your mouth. If you need to eat soft foods to avoid chewing, do so. Don’t just assume that you should try to finish pulling the tooth on your own or avoid going to the dentist after an injury. Those mistakes could lead to serious problems.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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