Comprehensive Sports Dentistry in Fresno
Sports dentistry focuses on the treatment and prevention of oral health injuries or conditions resulting from an active lifestyle. We’ve dedicated our time and services as team dentists for Fresno State Bulldogs, Fresno Pacific University, and Clovis High, and we are equipped to handle sports-related dental concerns with preventive care, emergency dental treatments, and custom mouth guards.
At Fresno Dental Professionals, our goal is to help you prevent injuries and any related oral health conditions. With a focus on prevention and optimal function, as well as extended office hours for emergencies, we can ensure that your smile is correctly restored after a sports-related dental injury. Visit our highly skilled team of specialists for comprehensive sports dental care today!
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Treatment for Sports Accident and Injury
While the primary goal of sports dentistry is to prevent injury to your teeth, there are plenty of times when accidents happen, especially in high impact sports. In these cases, it’s important to seek care from a dentist that has experience treating trauma so the injury can be repaired properly, and you can return to normal activity as soon as possible. Some of the most common solutions for sports-related dental problems include:
- Crowns for Fractured or Cracked Teeth
- Loose Tooth or Avulsion Repair
- Root Canals for Fractured Roots
- Tooth Intrusion Treatment
- TMJ Dislocation Treatment
If you or a family member is involved in football, hockey, boxing, martial arts, basketball, wrestling, soccer, or any other kind of sports activity, it is essential to have the guidance of a professional dentist. Our team has multiple specialists on hand to treat and prevent injuries, as well as coordinate plans with other surgeons and neurologists when needed.
Prevention with Custom Mouth Guards is The Best Treatment
Our dental practice provides customized athletic mouth guards that meet and exceed safety standards for protecting the health and wellness of an active participant in sports activities. All of our mouth guards are created using advanced digital imaging, so they fit securely for adequate protection from impact. Our mouth guards are made from FDA-approved materials and calibrated at a specific thickness for ideal coverage and shock absorption. We encourage patients to get the most out of their mouth guards by properly caring for them, which includes stowing them correctly in carrying cases and cleaning them after use.
4 Tips for Using Your Mouth Guard
A custom dental appliance will protect your teeth and mouth when used as directed. As an appliance that gets a lot of wear and tear, keeping a close eye on the condition of your mouth guard is essential. For the best results, follow these tips:
- Use your dental appliance for the recommended amount of time. You may be tempted to take a break from your dental device, but the more you wear your mouth guard, the more effective it will be.
- Bring your dental appliance with you to all your checkups to allow our dentists to examine your mouth guard and make any necessary adjustments.
- Keep your mouth guard away from heat sources or direct sunlight. Many appliances are made from resin, acrylic, or other plastics, and can be damaged when exposed to high heat.
- Rinse, clean, and store your mouth guard properly. You should rinse your dental appliance before each use and wash it daily. When not in use, store it in a perforated container for maximum air circulation.
Custom Vs. Over the Counter Mouth Guards
Many over-the-counter options offer minimal support for varying mouth sizes, but they can often be uncomfortable and slip during use. They can also provide an unbalanced level of support and leave specific areas of the mouth unprotected. If you wear braces, a boil and bite mouth guard won’t adapt to more problematic issues like prognathic jaw alignment.
On the other hand, custom-fit mouth guards supplied by an experienced dentist provide complete protection for a player’s entire mouth. Sports guards are contoured to snugly protect teeth, leaving minimal room for injuries to occur. Additionally, sports mouth guards are very comfortable, making it easier to breathe and perform at your optimal level.
Dental Emergency Kits for Athletes
Even with the best protection, accidents can happen. Having your emergency kit close at hand can provide the tools you need to make the best use of the time between the incident and reaching our office for more comprehensive care. A field dental emergency kit is simple and inexpensive. You can purchase pre-packaged ones or make your own. Be sure to include the following items:
- Mouth Mirror
- Tongue Depressor
- Save-A-Tooth (preservation solution)
- Pain Relief Tablets and Topical Gel
- A Spare Mouth Guard
- Zinc Oxide
- Sterile Gauze
With the right supplies on hand, you can increase the success rate for replanting a knocked out (avulsed) tooth, create a temporary restoration, stop the bleeding, reduce pain, and more. Prevention and preparation are the keys to minimizing injuries during sports activities.
Learn More About Sports Dentistry in Fresno
As professionals, we remain educated on the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of sports dentistry and are ready to pass that information on to our Fresno community athletes. For us, sports dentistry includes much more than the standard repairs. The prevention of sports-related oral and maxillofacial trauma is an ongoing process of learning and doing everything we can to reduce dental and facial injuries.
If you live an active lifestyle, it’s essential to invest in the right equipment, and have access to an experienced professional during emergencies. For more information about preventive dental care for athletes, contact us today!
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