To decrease likelihood of tooth damage during sporting activities, it is recommended to wear a mouthguard. If teeth are damaged or knocked out of the mouth, it is of the utmost importance to see the dentist immediately.
What you can do if a tooth is knocked out (avulsed)?
Can replant it quickly OR store it in milk or other isotonic solution for 3-4hrs (Not water!), during which time you should arrange an emergency visit with the dentist (you can utilise our after hours emergency service).
Other methods are balanced hanks salt solution, eagles solution or even gladwrap if no milk available. However, the BEST treatment is for the tooth to be replanted on the spot if you can!
If contaminated with soil or other material, give the tooth very brief washing with water (VERY brief-otherwise can interfere with viability of periodontal ligament) before replacing the tooth in the socket. Getting it re-implanted back in the socket in under 30 minutes is ideal.
After hours emergency service:
If you have suffered from a dental injury (eg. tooth has knocked or broken), we provide emergency services 7 days a week (including public holidays) as well as comprehensive dental care from 9am-6pm on weekdays. You can utilise our emergency after hours service by calling 0412160047.
'Every year thousands of children are treated for dental injuries, which could have been prevented, or the severity minimised, by wearing a protective mouthguard.'
- (Australian Dental Association, 2009)
A mouthguard helps absorb the shock experienced by a blow to the face, which might otherwise result in an injury to the mouth or jaw. A heavy collision can result in chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth, tooth loss, injuries to the soft tissue of the mouth, and, in severe cases, concussion or a broken jaw. Injuries like these can lead to long and potentially expensive treatment to restore teeth and the mouth back to normal function and appearance.
Mouthguards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport that could involve contact to the face. Anyone who participates in a sport that carries a risk of contact to the face should wear a mouthguard. This includes obvious sports such as football, boxing and rugby, and also collision sports where unexpected contact often happens. These include basketball, hockey, water polo, lacrosse, netball, baseball, softball, squash, soccer, BMX bike riding, horse riding, skateboarding, in-line skating, trampolining, cricket (wicket keeping or batting without a helmet), water skiing and snow ski racing.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Standards Australia do not recommend over the counter boil and bite mouthguards. They are poorly fitting and less comfortable to wear because they have not been specifically fitted to the shape of your mouth and teeth. This greatly lessens their effectiveness and can increase the risk of damage to teeth.