Athletes and Dental Injuries

Cody Cummins, ATC, Premier Health Sports Medicine, answers frequently asked questions about athletes and dental injuries.

Are there other conditions to be concerned about with a dental injury?

One major concern, depending on the how the injury occurred, would be a concussion. For example, if a motor vehicle accident occurs, and the driver’s mouth hits the steering wheel, causing a tooth intrusion, a concussion is also likely. In sports, a goalkeeper may slide for the ball and be struck by another player’s foot to the face. That type of injury may also cause a concussion.

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Source: Cody Cummins, ATC, Premier Health Sports Medicine; American Association of Endodontists; American Dental Association