Fall is officially here and fall sports can lead to an increased need for dental veneers. Teeth are commonly injured while playing sports. It is so common, in fact, that the American Dental Association reports that the majority of adult teeth that are damaged are due to playing sports. When you consider that most adults don’t play for the NFL or the majors, it is clear that a casual game of football in the park can lead to teeth becoming injured.
As a dentist, we recommend that our patients focus on ways to prevent injury. The best way to start is to keep your teeth healthy. Healthy teeth and gums are naturally stronger than those with even a slight infection or cavity. For example, you can climb a ladder that is solid, and it will hold the weight of a heavy man. If one of the rungs in the ladder has a crack, even a child can break it by simply putting their weight on it. Teeth operate the same way. Healthy teeth are strong enough to withstand constant use and an elbow jab now and then. Infected teeth will break at even the slightest bump. The best way to prevent injury is to keep your teeth strong by eating a healthy diet, brushing and flossing throughout the day, and having your teeth cleaned twice a year to remove plaque and bacteria while treating any cavities. If you do these things, your risk for injury will be greatly reduced.
Additionally, you can wear a mouth guard while playing sports. In organized football leagues, they require this of even the youngest player though most people don’t wear protective gear when playing a casual game with friends. Other sports are dangerous for your teeth too. The University of California proved this with a study that found basketball players had more tooth injuries than athletes in any other sport at the university. This is likely due to the lack of protective gear since they are not required to wear a mouth guard. The American Dental Association estimates that over 200,000 high school and college football players avoid injury every year due to wearing a mouth guard and if it works for football players it can work for basketball players too. If an injury occurs anyway – dental veneers can help.
We place dental veneers on top of existing and damaged teeth in order to restore its appearance and functionality after an accident. A veneer is a thin shell that is made in a lab to match the size and shape of the natural tooth. The color can also be selected for a perfect match. Immediately after the injury, we will inspect the tooth and your mouth and take an impression so that the veneer can be created. While waiting for a permanent one, we will prepare the tooth and attach a temporary veneer so that you can eat and speak without discomfort. Once the permanent is ready, we will bond it to your tooth with cement glue. In this way, dental veneers provide a durable and beautiful way to restore your damaged teeth.