Guide to Sports Dentistry
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The purchase price of this course is $38.00

This course offers a detailed description of the function of a sports dentist, including the major orofacial injuries suffered by athletes and their treatment.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the duties of a sports or team dentist.
  2. Understand why it is important for a team dentist to recognize injuries or abnormalities that are not dental.
  3. Understand the legal aspects of sports or team dentistry.
  4. Discuss the Good Samaritan Law in relation to the team dentist.
  5. Discuss the different types of mouth guards and the protective aspects of each type.
  6. Describe the benefits of proper and properly fitted protective devices.
  7. Understand the requirements and importance of thorough preseason dental screening.
  8. Discuss the questions to ask prior to treatment of any trauma injury and the reasons for those questions.

Sports dentistry relates to the prevention and treatment of athletic-related orofacial injuries and associated oral diseases. The first step in the prevention of sports-related dental injuries is the preseason oral screening to identify dental disease or abnormality. The most important aspect of prevention of injury in sports is the prescription, fitting, and fabrication of appropriate protective devices.  This course presents a thorough discussion of all aspects of sports dentistry.


  1. Introduction

  2. Prevention of Oral Injuries

    1. Preseason screening

      1. Smokeless tobacco

      2. Pericoronitis

      3. Other problem signs

    2. Protective Devices

      1. Helmets and faceguards

      2. Mouthguards

      3. Helmet straps

  3. Diagnosis and Treatment of Sports Injuries

    1. Questions to ask

    2. Recognize and refer

    3. Soft tissue injuries

    4. Injuries to teeth

      1. Intrusions

      2. Luxations

      3. Fractures

      4. Avulsions

      5. Maxillofacial fractures

      6. Mandibular dislocations

  4. Field Emergenc y Kit

  5. Legal Aspects of Sports Dentistry

  6. Summary

There are no references for this course.

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