Collision sports, like professional hockey, are one of the biggest causes of dental injuries; and the NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and the New Jersey Devils last March 4, 2014 presents a good example. According to Bleacher Report writer Gabe Zaldivar, Daniel Alfredsson of the Red Wings had several of his teeth knocked out in the latter stages of the second period, after receiving a serious hit to the face. His helmet saved him from serious injuries and, amazingly, Alfredsson was able to play against the Colorado Avalanche two days later. Of course, dental injuries such as this should never be taken lightly:
“There doesn’t seem to be any word from Alfredsson on his injury or the number of teeth sacrificed from the knock to the face.
Some might consider a mouthguard superfluous considering the loss of teeth. Well, Alfredsson’s remaining chompers are now a rare breed, important teeth that have to be coddled and nurtured.”
Sports contribute only about 13 to 39 percent of all dental injuries; a relatively small number when compared to the 5 million teeth that get knocked out or damaged throughout the country every year. The majority of these injuries are caused by more ‘ordinary’ events like traffic accidents, brawls, and even chowing down on hard foods.
Since Florida, much like any other state, never has a shortage of these teeth-damaging factors, all residents would benefit from knowing the value of good dental health. However, if the unexpected happens and results in damaged teeth, patients shouldn’t hesitate to visit reliable dental practices for help, like the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. An experienced Jacksonville cosmetic dentist in such a center can perform the right procedure to fix damaged teeth.
Chipped or broken teeth can be fairly simple to treat because they can be concealed using high-quality porcelain veneers. Knocked out teeth, on the other hand, are a different matter altogether. A speedy retrieval of the missing teeth is important, as knocked out teeth can still be reattached if they’re still in good condition. Time is of the essence, though, because it only takes a few hours for dislodged human teeth to deteriorate completely.
If that happens, the only way to restore the injured person’s teeth is through a teeth replacement procedure, such as bridges, dentures, and dental implants. An experienced cosmetic dentist in Jacksonville Beach can recommend and execute the most appropriate teeth replacement for a patient. One doesn’t have to be a professional hockey player to appreciate the services of such a dentist.
(Source: Daniel Alfredsson Didn’t Need Any Help Finding Teeth Knocked from His Mouth, Bleacher Report, March 6, 2014)