Sports Injuries in Youth

Sports for youth have become far more competitive than they were in the past. Daniel Gould, PhD director of the Institute for the Study of Sports at Michigan State University states “What we’re seeing is the professionalization of youth sports”. What he means is that youth sports have taken on a more professional organizational style and competitive edge.

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Sports and Dental Injuries in Children

Currently, the three sports that carry the most risks for dental injury include football, basketball, and hockey. A positive correlation can be made between the degree of contact and percentage of injury. Some of the most common injuries include fractures, tooth extrusion, intrusion and avulsion; and TMJ dislocation.

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Dental Sports Guards

A Dental Sports Guards or Mouthguard has been shown to reduce the risk of sport-related dental injuries. Knowing how to prevent injuries to your mouth and face is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities.

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Tooth Avulsion

Do you know what to do when you tooth is knocked out? You need a replantation — physical tooth replacement into its socket. The proper way to remove debris from the root of an avulsed tooth is to rinse it in cold water (either tap or clean bottled water), being careful not to scrub or scrape it.

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Pain Medication

Dr. Paul discusses pain medication that best suited for pain of endodontic origin. He explains why anti inflammatory medications work best with infected teeth. Dr. Paul suggests best course of treatment to control pain before and after root canal therapy.

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Root Canals

The root canal procedure is usually a painless treatment just like fillings or crowns. During the procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection.

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