Although contact sports are a pastime for people of all ages, the rough-and-tumble side of them often results in a blow to the mouth and a trip to the dentist. Chipped, cracked and broken teeth are common occurrences, but one sports-related injury that is not so easily visible is a tooth root fracture. And as advanced and difficult to treat as these injuries are, you can protect yourself from this type of damage.
Any time your mouth takes an impact, your dentist will want to examine it immediately for obvious breaks and chips, as well as teeth that may have loosened. X-rays are necessary in these cases to determine if any damage has occurred to the roots, such as a horizontal or vertical root fracture, or injury to the surrounding bone.