Slap Shot - Save Your Teeth
Welcome to our guest blogger - Dr. Michael Thompson from Kierland Dental Center!
Dr. Mike is the past president of the Arizona Dental Association, the Arizona Academy of General Dentisty and the Central Arizona Dental Society. He also donates his time and expertise to help those less fortunate through Christina's Smile; Give Kids a Smile Day and the CASS Homeless Shelter. But to us, as a MoneySmart Family, he's our trusted family dentist. He'll be sharing some of his insights and tips for saving you money while keeping your smile healthy.
The Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has a broken jaw and is out indefinitely after being hit in the mouth with a puck during a win against the Islanders on Saturday March 30. Crosby, the N.H.L.’s leading scorer, was struck in the face during the first period of the Penguins’ 2-0 victory.
Slow-motion replays showed multiple teeth flying out of his mouth after the puck struck him during his first shift. The team said Crosby had “major dental work” and would have more done later in the week.
Another example why mouth guards and all protective equipment are so important. A frozen puck traveling over 100 mph will still do a lot of damage to a face but with a proper mouth guard the damage would be far less.
Fixing a broken tooth can range in cost from $250 to $1500, depending on the severity of the break. If the tooth is non-restorable it could cost up to $5000 to replace it. By contrast, an athletic mouth guard costs approximately $250 at any sports dentist or general dentist office and there are different types of mouth guards which offer different levels of protection.
By next month most of us will have long forgotten this story, however, the player will spend the next 50 years and tens of thousands of dollars repairing, maintaining and re-doing his treatment—and it will still not be as good as new.
Having an athletic guard made at your dentist office is a simple, inexpensive way to help prevent, or reduce injury to teeth while playing sports.
When I was the team dentist for the Phoenix Roadrunners (hockey) and the Phoenix Mustangs (hockey), I was surprised to learn that mouth guards were optional in professional hockey. I played hockey growing up in Detroit and I know that facemasks and mouth guards are inconvenient, but they sure are appreciated when something happens. And FYI, they do freeze the hard rubber pucks prior to the game so they slide with less friction.
- Michael R. Thompson, DDS
"We can complain because the rose bush has thorns or rejoice because the thorn bush has roses" - Abraham Lincoln.