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After Hockey: Knocked-Out Teeth Can Be Saved by an Emergency Dentist

By Gerald Regni, DMD on June 17, 2015

Hockey is one of those winter sports people in the northern climes can’t get enough of. It’s fast, action-packed, and being the lone scorer in the entire game can be a good thing if it’s credited to your team. On the other hand, the action can result in some jarring hits, particularly to your teeth, as the St. Louis Blues’ Ryan Reaves found out the hard way in a match against the Chicago Blackhawks last April 8, 2015.

After Hockey Knocked-Out Teeth Can Be Saved by an Emergency Dentist

The specter of teeth jarred loose—and a gap-toothed smile afterwards—can give budding hockey players in Philadelphia the jitters before they even head out into the rink. The Philadelphia Flyers, for one, have their own share of ace players, such as Dan Carcillo, Bobby Clarke, Doug Favell, and Sean Couturier, who suffered the misfortune of losing teeth on the ice. If a serious hit knocked some of your teeth loose, remember that there’s no time to spare in getting off the ice and heading to the office of an emergency dentist in Philadelphia like Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD.

A Fine Example

Recalling how the entire incident occurred or how the teeth were damaged in some way, could guide your dentist on putting them back in your gums. A video posted at the Bleacher Report site showed that Reaves was maneuvering to get the puck as it was sent to the Blackhawks’ red line.

Reaves was on guard against Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette on his right, but defenseman Brent Seabrook caught him from the left and sent him to the glass. The impact was enough to send Reaves back to the bench and knocked loose his left upper lateral incisor, which he gave to a trainer for safekeeping. Reaves, who kept on playing after the incident, would later add some humor through a Tweetpic of him and teammate Steve Ott’s daughter who lost the same baby tooth.

Measures to Take

In preserving a loose tooth for reattachment, the American Association of Endodontists recommends storing it in a special container with milk. Be careful to pick up the tooth at the crown and not the root. Call the dentist for an emergency appointment right away. Getting to the dental office on time is critical as the cells that help attach the tooth to the gums tend to die within an hour. You may have to avoid strenuous activities for a certain period of time.

There’s nothing wrong with pushing the envelope while playing some fun hockey. While you’ll do everything possible to prevent serious sports injuries, it’s still vital that you protect important parts of your body from hits—and act quickly when dental injuries happen. During such times, call an emergency dentist in Philadelphia without delay.

 

Sources:

St. Louis Blues Winger Ryan Reaves Pulls Out His Tooth After Big Hit, Bleacher Report

Blues’ Ryan Reaves Pulls Out Tooth On Bench, Continues Playing, NESN

Knocked-Out Teeth, AAE

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