Countdown to Football….. and Players of Toothless Past

At the time of writing this the American public is waiting 42 days, 5 hours, and 30 minutes until the start of the 2014 NFL Football season. As our area San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders embark on another year of big hits and Hail Mary’s, we reminisce over Players of Toothless Past.

According to whatclinic.com every year of play an athlete has a 10% chance of a dental injury. The rise in use of mouthguards and better helmets has significantly reduced dental injuries in the football world.

 

Missing-teeth_implants-for-sports-related-injuryJack Lambert. Hailed as “the premier linebacker of his era” back in the 1950s, Lambert was the starting middle linebacker for four Super Bowl-winning teams. He boasts an 11-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lambert’s four upper front teeth were missing as a result of a sports-related injury in high school. Lambert was remembered “partially” because he didn’t wear his partial during games. His toothless grimace became an iconic image in football.
Source: Tony Tomsic/Contributor/NFL/Getty Images

 

missing-teeth-due-to-sports-related-injuryBob St. Clair. Displaying unbelievable toughness, this 49ers Half of Famer was a part of the “Million Dollar Backfield” in the 1950s and played with the team for 11 years. He was infamous for being a trickster, using mind games to block kicks and punts, St. Clair blocked a kick with his face and lost five teeth as a result. “I went over to the sideline and they shoved cotton in my mouth and until it got so bad I had to take Novocain in my mouth, but I kept playing,” said St. Clair.
Source: 49ers.com

 

missing-teeth_dental implantsLarry Wilson. As a free safety for the St. Louis Cardinals, Wilson was great at defending passes in the 1960s. Wilson was so great at blitzing he kept many passes from ever happening. It is said that he had lost most of his teeth at one point and that the organization feared he wouldn’t make big hits anymore. However, Wilson continued and in 1978 was inducted into the Hall of Fame as “the toughest player in the game.”
Source: http://www.footballcardgallery.com

 

Missing teeth due to sportsVince Lombardi. While at Fordham University Lombardi was the right guard on the football team’s offensive front line nicknamed the “Seven Blocks of Granite.” In 1936 during a game against Pitt Lombardi suffered a severe cut inside his teeth when he had several teeth knocked out. He was taken out of the game until he was called in for a defensive play that sustained the 0-0 tie. He went on to become arguably one of the greatest coaches of all time.
Source: http://www.cbssports.com

 

With the popularity of dental implants these guys and others like them are likely not going without teeth for long.

 

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Dentist in Sacramento Office Manager

Kristen is an avid writer and sports fan. She is the Office Manager at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry is Sacramento, California.

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Cosmetic Dentistry: Roger’s Million Dollar Smile

Roger Smith has been coming to Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry for three years. Him and his dad have been regular visitors of the office and the team enjoys when they come in. Roger’s jokes are endless and always have a way of brightening the team’s day.  So when Dr. Truong was given the opportunity to provide cosmetic dental work to one lucky patient, Roger was a no-brainer.  (See Roger’s case and other Cosmetic Dentistry cases)

Dr. Truong and Roger teamed up with California Center for Advanced Dental Studies (CCADS) in San Francisco to perform the advanced cosmetic procedure. Roger came in for his first appointment where Dr. Truong consulted with Roger about his expectations, took pictures and impressions.

At Roger’s next appointment in San Francisco the entire team came to watch Dr. Truong prepare his teeth,  a procedure where the teeth are made the perfect shape to fit the veneers. Then he was fitted with natural looking temporary teeth. At Roger’s final and long anticipated appointment he was fitted with eight permanent,  and beautiful, veneers.  As long as Roger maintains good oral hygiene at home and continues to see us for his regular cleanings his veneers will last him a long time.

Q & A with Roger

What has been your experience with Dr. Truong & the Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry Team? Everyone is always professional, informative, enthusiastic, friendly and sincerely caring.

Before your veneers what were your concerns in regards to the way your smile looked? I was hesitant to smile and embarrassed to show my teeth

What was the process like getting veneers? The process was pleasant. The preparation was simple and the measurements were exact. The placement of the veneers was painless and did not take long.

Are you happy with your results? Extremely. I feel more confident and I am no longer hesitant to “show off” my new smile.

What are you most happy about? My top teeth are now straight, even, aligned, and bright!

What is the next step you will take to complete your smile? I’m going to the orthodontist to correct my bottom teeth with braces first and then I will finish with veneers.