Brian A. Noonan, DDS
General Dentist & Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Ann Arbor, MI
As an athlete, you want to spend as much time as possible playing and minimal time being treated for injuries. With the sports dentistry services from Brian A. Noonan, DDS, at his private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, you can get prompt repairs for oral injuries and prevent them using custom mouthguards. To learn more about sports dentistry, call Brian A. Noonan DDS for an appointment or book your visit online today.
Sports Dentistry Q & A
What is sports dentistry?
Sports dentistry is the field of dentistry that caters to athletes and their unique needs when it comes to oral health. Playing sports may be great for your health, but without taking precautions, it puts you at a greater risk of getting oral and facial injuries. Sports dentistry helps you prevent such injuries and the costs that come with them.
If you injure your face or mouth while playing sports, Dr. Noonan and his team can evaluate your injury and make the necessary repairs. With prompt services and pain management for your injury, you can be back to the court or the field with minimal treatment and recovery time.
What types of dental injuries can happen while playing sports?
While playing sports, you’re at a greater-than-average risk of falling or getting hit in the face by a ball or another player. Just as you’re at a higher risk of breaking a bone or getting a concussion, oral injuries are common in sports. Some common injuries that sports dentistry can address are:
If you chip or crack a tooth while playing sports, or break off a large chunk, Dr. Noonan and his team can repair it quickly. They evaluate the extent of the break to decide the best way to repair it. They may use dental bonding, cosmetic veneers, or a crown to make sure the tooth doesn’t break more.
If a sports injury completely knocks out one of your teeth, Dr. Noonan and his team may be able to save the original tooth. Otherwise, they can help you choose the right type of restoration to make sure you don’t have a permanent gap in your smile.
How can I prevent dental complications while playing sports?
While treating broken or knocked-out teeth is possible, preventing such injuries in the first place is preferable. Wearing a custom mouthguard while playing sports can help you avoid losing teeth and parts of teeth. It can even protect you from cut lips, bitten tongues, and other oral injuries that tend to happen to athletes.
Dr. Noonan and his team can provide you with a custom mouthguard that fits comfortably and works more effectively than one-size-fits-all options. Dr. Noonan takes an impression of your teeth and sends it to a professional dental laboratory.
To keep getting the best possible protection from your mouthguard, you should clean it frequently and replace it with each new sports season.
If you’re an athlete and want to protect yourself from costly and painful oral injuries while you play, call Brian A. Noonan DDS for sports dentistry or request an appointment online today.