Contact Sports and Dental Implants

Sports Injuries and Dental Implants
April 20, 2018
by FastNewSmile®

Sports has always been an all-American pastime. From football to basketball, people are constantly getting out on the field and exerting their energy towards getting that next point for their team.

However, with sports, comes the inevitable sports injuries. One of the most common injuries in contact sports is dental injuries. Through a collision with a competitor on the field, your smile can go from fab to drab in an instant.

How Can I Protect My Teeth as an Athlete?

During contact sports, protecting your teeth is very important. One of the easiest ways to do this is by sticking to your regular brushing routine of twice daily and flossing at least once a day. By keeping your gums healthy you are creating a stronger, sturdier foundation for your teeth and the risk of them being knocked out and you requiring implant surgery is lower.

If you participate in particularly rough sports, then it is suggested that you wear a mouth guard. Mouth guards can help by preventing:

  • Tooth fractures
  • Tooth displacement
  • Tooth loss
  • Soft tissue injuries

What Are the Riskiest Sports for My Teeth?

All sports in general run the risk of oral injuries but there are some particularly dangerous sports that you or your kids should watch out for. Aside from anything that includes a bat or stick, like hockey or baseball, other dangerous sports include:

  • Skateboarding
  • Martial Arts
  • Boxing
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Extreme Biking

How Can Implants Help?

While it may not seem like losing a tooth is a big deal in the large scope of things, it actually is. Missing teeth lead to exposed gums that can easily become infected, even with proper brushing schedules. Gum disease can lead to jaw bone deterioration, and ultimately, zygomatic implants.

By stepping up to the plate and getting tooth implants as soon as you know you need to, not only are you keeping your smile bright, but you are also saving yourself from a world of other oral problems.

Can I Play Sports After Dental Implants?

This is one of the main questions that athletes tend to ask after the placement of dental implants. The answer is yes…. eventually. After the initial surgery, we recommend that patients do not attempt anything strenuous, and this especially includes contact sports. Once the implant has fully healed, however, it is designed to function and fit like one of your natural teeth. So, within a matter of weeks after your surgery, you’ll be back to your active-self in no time.

FastNewSmile Gets You Back on The Field with Same-Day Implants

If you or a loved one has been recently injured during sports activity and that injury ended with missing teeth then it is crucial that you seek out dental implant treatment. With assistance through FastNewSmile, you can quickly be back on the field and posing for your next trophy. We offer same-day implant placement and have a variety of other implant services that can help make your smile complete. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can make you proud of your smile again.