p-ISSN: 1300-0551
e-ISSN: 2587-1498

Yağmur Deniz İLARSLAN, Erhan DURSUN

Hacettepe Üniversitesi Diş Hekimliği Fakültesi, Periodontoloji Ana Bilim Dalı, Ankara

Keywords: Sports injuries, dental trauma, mouth-guard


Sports dentistry is a developing field of dentistry and includes the prevention and management of sports-related dental traumas. Dental injuries are the most frequent type of orofacial injuries that may occur during participation in sports activities. When considering the esthetic, functional, psychological, and economic consequences of traumatic injuries, prevention becomes more of an issue. Decreasing the incidence of sports-related dental trauma is possibly due to the education of athletes, coaches and sports organizations about sports-related orofacial injuries. Athletes, whether in amateur or professional level, should have a knowledge of the prevention strategies including the wearing of mouth-guards, face guards and helmets. Sports related dental injuries together with the prevention and treatment of such injuries will be the focus of this review.