Sports Injury Treatment In Warrensburg, Oak Grove, And Windsor, MO
The Importance of Protecting Your Smile
Your teeth play an important role in eating and speaking, and for many people serve as a source of self-confidence. When your smile gets damaged through an oral health issue or dental trauma, it can be inconvenient, embarrassing, and time-consuming. This is why preventing problems is much easier.
Keeping your teeth and oral health in prime condition requires daily maintenance combined with routine dental visits to ensure your smile is protected year-round. If you live an active lifestyle, especially if you play contact sports, your smile may be at risk of a sports injury.
At Ridgeview Family Dental, our Missouri dentists Dr. Young and Dr. Kingsolver are dedicated to helping you prevent and treat dental sports injuries. Patients in the Grain Valley, Odessa, Bates City, MO, and surrounding areas can receive effective prevention methods and treatment for sports injuries thanks to our convenient locations in Warrensburg, Oak Grove, and Windsor.
What Are Sports Injuries?
As the name implies, a sports injury is an injury one gets while playing sports, including dental injuries. The mouth and face of a child or young adult can be easily injured during sports or recreational activities if the proper precautions are not used. We understand that dental emergencies can happen at any time, so in the event of a sports injury, don’t hesitate to contact a Ridgeview Family Dental near you.
Our experienced dentists Dr. Young and Dr. Kingsolver are passionate about taking preventative approaches to your dental care, which is why we offer personalized mouthguards to protect your smile while you’re living the active lifestyle you deserve.
Sports Mouth Injury Prevention Tips
Athletes, sports enthusiasts, and health aficionados alike can benefit from a proactive approach to their safety so they can participate in sports with less worry.
The dental experts at Ridgeview Family Dental offer these important tips:
- Wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports. Mouthguards can help prevent injury to the jaw, mouth, and teeth, and are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury.
- Wear a helmet. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
- Wear protective eyewear. Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports.
- Wear a face shield. To avoid damage to the delicate bones around the eyes, nose, and jaw, it’s best to wear a face shield. Hockey pucks, basketballs, and racquetballs can cause severe facial damage at any age.
Custom Mouthguards At Ridgeview Family Dental
An effective mouthguard holds teeth in place and resists tearing while allowing for normal speech and breathing. It should cover the teeth and, depending on the patient’s bite, the gums, as well. Your dental professional can recommend the best mouthguard for every sports activity. A properly fitted mouthguard can prevent many accidents and traumatic injuries which means you won’t have to give up your lifestyle in order to keep a healthy, whole smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Common sports-related dental injuries include:
- Tooth fractures
- Tooth intrusion — where the tooth is pushed into the gums and underlying bone
- Tooth extrusion — the tooth becomes loosened in its socket
- Avulsion — the tooth is completely pulled from the socket
- Dislocation of the temporomandibular joint
Schedule An Appointment
You should never have to choose between leading a healthy, active lifestyle and having a complete, protected smile. The professionals at Ridgeview Family Dental are here to not only help you prevent sports injuries but also treat any dental injuries you suffer.
We would love to discuss your options! Please call (660)-747-9117 to schedule an appointment with our Missouri dentists Dr. Young and Dr. Kingsolver. You can also fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page and one of our team members will be happy to assist you. We serve Grain Valley, Odessa, Bates City, MO, and surrounding areas thanks to our convenient locations in Warrensburg, Oak Grove, and Windsor.