Sports Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of orofacial athletic
injuries and related oral diseases and manifestations.
Preseason screenings and examinations are essential in preventing injuries. Examinations include health histories, at risk dentitions, diagnosis of cavities, bite relationships, orthodontics, loose teeth, dental habits, crown and bridge work, missing teeth, artificial teeth, and the possible need for extractions for orthodontic concerns or wisdom teeth. Determination of the need for a specific type and design of athletic mouthguard for injury prevention is made at this time according to the athlete's age, level of competition and sport played.
Dr. Padilla's involvement in Sports Dentistry includes the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, 1994, 1999, and 2003 World Cup Soccer, 2004 IIHF World Hockey Championships doping control in Prague, and 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games. He is the Team Dentist for the NBA Los Angeles Lakers, MLS Los Angeles Galaxy and UCLA Athletics.
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Looking for specialized sports dentistry services? Call Dr. Ray Padilla in Manhattan Beach, CA at (310) 536-0710 to learn more!
Preventable injuries had mouthguards been worn.