Tooth accident as in Mario Götze How doctors save teeth after sports accidents
In the Champions League match of Borussia Dortmund against Tottenham Hotspur injured Mario Götze, as the central defender Jan Vertonghen slapped his arm in the face. After the game, it was said that an incisor had been displaced by Götze's due to this impact. Dr. Stephan Ziegler, chief dentist and founder of the KU64 dental practice from Berlin, explains the procedure for such sports accidents: Dental damage after a dental accident (Image: Igor Gromoff / fotolia.com)
"When a tooth shifts, we gently try to push it back to its original place. If the tooth root is damaged, the patient also needs a root canal treatment. If everything is back in its normal position, we use rails or titanium wires for stabilization. Within six weeks, the resulting wound is usually healed.
If there is only one shift in Mario Götze, he can play again soon, but should for safety's sake wear a surgical mask to prevent further damage. Frequently sports accidents also involve the loss of a tooth. Affected persons should not touch the tooth that has been knocked out at the root or disinfect it, so that the sensitive periodontal membrane is preserved. If the tooth is stored in a suitable liquid, such as UHT milk or sterile saline, we can reimplant it up to 48 hours after the loss, ie place it back in place in the mouth.
Meanwhile, special rescue boxes are used at sports events. They contain a special nutrient medium that keeps the tooth alive for as long as possible. Regardless of whether a sports accident ends with a tooth shift or loss, sufferers should always consult a specialist as soon as possible. "(Pm)