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Sports Dentistry

Nova Dental

Cosmetic & Family Dentist located in Newark, NJ & East Orange, NJ

Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports. Many athletes are unaware of the health implications of a traumatic injury to the mouth or the potential of severe head and orofacial injuries while playing. At Nova Dental, the skilled and knowledgeable team provides sports dentistry services, which are imperative in informing patients, athletes, and coaches about preventing injuries. Call any of the three offices in Newark and East Orange, New Jersey, to find out more. Or book an appointment online today.

Sports Dentistry Q&A

What does sports dentistry do?

If you or your child is active in sports, you have likely heard the term sports dentistry. Sports dentists work to prevent and manage orofacial injuries that result from playing sports, such as hard and soft tissue injuries to the bones and teeth.

For instance, tooth intrusions and root fractures are examples of pediatric dental emergencies or kid dentistry that sports dentists handle.

Sports dentists also take care of oral diseases resulting from sports-related injuries. These injuries cause a broad range of dental issues, and the sports dentists at Nova Dental are with you every step of the way.

Is sports dentistry necessary?

Sports dentistry is very important if you or your child plays a contact sport. If your general dentist practices sports dentistry, they can outfit you with a custom-fitted mouthguard to prevent injuries. They can even recommend the proper dental care to go along with your activity level, which is critical in preventing injuries.

The face is the most vulnerable area of the body and is usually the least protected. Sports-related facial injuries account for 8% of all facial soft tissue injuries. Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports to reduce the risk of damaged teeth.

What should I do if I need sports dentistry emergency care?

Sports dentistry dental emergencies require prompt medical care. The steps you should take in a sports-related dental emergency depend on the underlying issue:

Knocked-out permanent tooth

If you lose a permanent tooth due to a sports accident or injury, pick it up by the crown, rinse it off in tap water, and put it back in your mouth. If the tooth wobbles, tuck it inside your cheek, or put it in a glass of milk. When you’ve secured the tooth, call Nova Dental. The administrative staff can make recommendations to limit pain and swelling on your way to the office.

Damaged dental restoration

If you damage a crown, bridge, or other dental restoration, carefully gather all the pieces, rinse them, and put them in a plastic bag or foil. Then, call the administrative staff at Nova Dental right away.

If you or your child play sports and you're interested in sports dentistry, call Nova Dental to schedule an appointment. Or book online today.