Sports dentistry is a field of dentistry that specializes in treating or preventing sports-related oral injuries. Less than 10% of dentists, a percentage that includes Dr. Subramanian, are certified in this area of dentistry. If you are in need of treatment for a dental concern or injury resulting from a sports-related incident, visit the office of Latha Subramanian, DDS in Mountain View today.
Why Is Sports Dentistry Necessary?
Sports and physical activity are good for the body and mind, but without the proper protection, they commonly result in oral injuries such as lost or fractured teeth and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dislocations. Effectively treating these injuries requires a dentist who is deeply familiar with the areas of the mouth that are most commonly affected by sports-related impacts to the face and the best ways to treat them.
The exact treatment plan that Dr. Subramanian will lay out will depend on the severity of your injury. A broken tooth, for example, may require a crown to keep the fracture from spreading even further. We provide CEREC crowns, a convenient alternative to traditional dental crowns that only requires a single visit to our office.
We also offer laser dentistry services to patients who have begun to experience the symptoms of a TMJ disorder, which can commonly result from sports injuries.
Preventing Oral Sports Injuries Before They Happen
Sports dentistry is a largely preventative field. A mouthguard will go a long way in protecting your teeth and jaw from what would have otherwise resulted in a sports injury. Stock mouthguards can be bought at a store, but a custom-designed mouthguard will provide far more protection.
Mouthguards work by softening the blow from impacts commonly caused by contact sports. By providing a cushion to absorb this impact, athletes can prevent many sport-related oral injuries from happening in the first place. Mouthguards don’t just protect the teeth; they also help prevent injuries to the jaw and soft tissues of the mouth.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Latha Subramanian, DDS specializes in several different fields of dentistry, including sports dentistry. If you need to treat an oral sports injury or want to learn more about what you can do to prevent one, contact our office in Mountain View, CA to schedule your first appointment!