Throughout our lives the majority of us will take part in some form of sports related activity, whether this is enjoying organized games of basketball or soccer, or simply enjoying an afternoon in the swimming pool. One issue we can all face is how to handle the shocking moment when a tooth is knocked out during a sporting event or fun activity; a tooth can be knocked loose at any time by a stray arm from another player or when accidentally striking the mouth on the edge of a swimming pool. There are a number of steps that should be taken before taking the trip to a clear lake cosmetic dentist who will be able to make a choice about restoring the tooth to the mouth or beginning the process of installing dental implants.
Perhaps the most difficult step to follow when a tooth is knocked out during sports is not panicking during the initial shock that will occur when a tooth is seen floating in a swimming pool or seen on the ground of a pitch or court. Time is of the essence, but it is also a good idea to simply take a moment to gather the thoughts of the injured sportsperson and those around them and assess the situation.
Firstly, it is important to remember any head or face related injury should see the injured party assessed for a concussion or more severe damage to the head and neck before concentrating on the damage done to the teeth. Once the individual has been cleared by concussion protocols the attention can shift to providing the best opportunity for saving the dislodged tooth, which should only be handled, where possible, by the crown and not by the root. A dislodged tooth can often be rescued and restored to the mouth of the individual when it is stored correctly and taken to a Clearlake cosmetic dentist who will try and reattach the tooth to restore the smile to its former glory. The dislodged tooth or teeth should be placed in a container or plastic bag filled with milk or a saline solution that will help preserve the tooth for the future, human saliva is another option for keeping a dislodged tooth in good condition before as it is taken to a professional dentist.
One of the best options is to restore the tooth to the socket in the mouth of the injured person, but in some cases swelling begins almost immediately and makes this impossible to achieve. A cold compress should be placed on the socket to lower any levels of swelling and make it easier for the dentist to complete their work in restoring the tooth to the mouth of the injured person. Time is important and the faster a dentist can complete their work the better the chance of success for the injured sportsperson.