Hockey is known for being quite the violent sport, one which frequently results in bodily and facial injuries. Included in those injuries are dental losses and injuries to your gums. If your hockey team has more people sitting in the dental chair after every game than sitting in the team's box, you might want to consider having an emergency dentist on staff full-time. Here are some other very good reasons for having an emergency dentist on the team and present at every game.
The Dentist Knows Exactly What to Do with Knocked-out Teeth
While most people know that they should stick a knocked-out tooth on ice and race to the dentist, but what if you cannot get to the dentist on time because of the mid-town traffic at 8pm? Having an emergency dentist on staff and right there during your team's games means that the dentist can take the tooth, preserve it, and perform emergency services right there that could help keep the tooth alive and well until you could make it through the traffic. If your team even went so far as to construct a dental office on the stadium grounds, then you would not even have to travel that far to have the team dentist put the tooth back in correctly.
The Dentist Could Quickly Repair Broken Teeth
Since most broken teeth break off cleanly, the team dentist could fix these on the spot by applying a bit of dental adhesive and curing it. This would get the broken teeth to hold until such a time as the dentist could get you into his/her chair and restore them fully. You may not be allowed to rejoin the game, however, since the dentist would not want you to knock the "glued" teeth out again or cause additional breaks to the same teeth.
The Dentist Could Perform Emergency Stitching
Whether an opposing team's player slices open your lip and gum tissue or knocks a molar clean out of your mouth, you will need emergency stitches to stop the bleeding. A team dentist can sew up the cut lips and gum tissue, as well as the gaping holes left behind by molars that have been ripped from their sockets. The stitches would be removed either when the soft tissues have healed or when the bleeding has stopped enough for the dentist to reinsert the molar (if it is recovered from the ice and not badly damaged, of course).
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