When it comes to playing sports, 11%-40% of injuries involve the face, and in the majority of these cases, the mouth and teeth are impacted, sometimes severely. With the proper prevention, sports injuries to the mouth can be reduced. Dr. Rudell Gary S. Jacinto specializes in sports dentistry. Located in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, California, he can help prevent and treat sports-related mouth and jaw injuries. Dr. Jacinto's office is conveniently located near Central LA, Wilshire Center, Koreatown, Oakwood, Melrose, Farifax, La Brea, Beverly Grove, Little Ethiopia, Dockweiler, Vineyard, Mid-Wilshire, Faircrest Heights, and Mid City.
Sports dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on the prevention and treatment of dental injuries that often occur among athletes. These dentists work to protect the teeth, mouth, jaw, and face of both adults and children who play a variety of sports, including:
Sports injuries to the mouth and face can cause aesthetic issues, but there are also health complications that occur with traumatic mouth injuries. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Jacinto can treat a variety of sporting injuries to the face and mouth, including:
When a tooth is knocked out, it’s essential to get to a dentist as soon as possible. In most cases, there’s a 30-minute window when a tooth can reimplant after it’s been forcibly removed. As soon an injury occurs, call Dr. Jacinto’s office and notify them of the situation.
To increase the chance of reimplantation of the tooth, it’s best to put the tooth in cold milk right away. If milk is not available, use saliva or saline. If that’s not possible, place the tooth in a glass of water, as it’s important that the tooth does not dry out. Try to avoid contact with the tooth’s roots.
While it is possible for a tooth to reimplant, it needs to be done by a trained dental professional. Do not try to restore the tooth yourself, as this can lead to complications and further issues.
Preventive care is one of the main aspects of Dr. Jacinto’s approach to sports dentistry. Depending on the sport being played and the individual’s current oral health, Dr. Jacinto typically recommends preventive gear anytime there is a chance of body-to-body or body-to-equipment contact. He may advise the use of:
Dr. Jacinto recommends mouthguards most often, as they protect the teeth, mouth, lips, gums, and tongue. Wearing a mouthguard can sometimes prevent or lower the severity of concussions, as it keeps the lower jaw from slamming into the upper jaw during impact. Dr. Jacinto may suggest a custom-fit mouthguard, as it offers greater protection from injuries.
If you or your child plays sports, you need a dentist who specializes in sports dentistry. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jacinto today.