Athletes and Dental Injuries

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

How do dental injuries occur?

These injuries happen in numerous ways. Fractures, luxations, and avulsions can all occur by direct trauma to the mouth area. An example would be a baseball or softball pitcher who is struck by a line drive that hits them in the mouth. Depending on the severity of the blow, it is possible for any of these kinds of injuries to happen. An intrusion would typically occur if an athlete was running and fell, and the bottom portion of their upper row of teeth hit the ground or another object, which would push a tooth or several teeth into the gums.

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