Athletes and Dental Injuries

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

What should be done if an athlete’s tooth is knocked out?

If possible, place the tooth back into the socket. If the tooth does not stay in the socket, you can preserve it in other ways. Use a tooth preservation kit or store the tooth in a sealed container with milk or saliva, says the American Association of Endodontists. See a dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in saving teeth) right away if an avulsion occurs. Do not store the tooth in tap water.

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