Shocking Sport Smiles
Most missing teeth occur from the progression of severe periodontal or gum disease. However, there are plenty of athletes walking around sporting gapped tooth grins like trophies. Physical trauma is the likely cause to missing teeth in sport participants as blows to the mouth can kill roots of teeth, crack teeth, or completely remove them. Let's first take a look at some memorable sport smiles before learning how these blunders can be avoided or fixed by dental implant professionals likes Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman.
It is no shock to learn that hockey players are the most victimized with gaping holes in their mouths. With 6 ounces of frozen rubber flying 100 mph at someone's face, shattering a smile is to be expected. One of the most recognized grins in hockey would be of Bobby Clarke. In the 1970's, Bobby was photographed lifting the Stanley Cup for the Flyers. His image solidified the cool reputation of having a toothless smile. (I am hopeful this moment will happen next year but for our Denver's own, Colorado Avalanche!)
Another remarkable hockey player to overcome the pain of physical trauma would have to be Duncan Keith. This defenseman lost SEVEN teeth during the 2010 Western Conference Final. His winning mentality propelled him to block a shot on goal with his face. The wildest part was the fact that he then returned to play only minutes after the blow.
Balls and pucks are nothing compared to the furry of fists. Mike Tyson knows this all too well. Boxing brings not only the need for future dental implants but periodontal work as well. The mouth and gums get so bruised and cut that the gums experience recession and inflammation. Although this happens to most boxers in the ring, Mike Tyson lost a fight in his Tiger's cage. Kiki Tyson told the Review-Journal that Tyson lost his famous gold tooth "when his tiger, Kenya, head-butted him." Whatever the cause of missing teeth or whoever the culprit for its demise, Periodontal Associates is the place to have it corrected.
Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman are the leading dental implant providers in Denver, CO. Their office in Aurora is a central location to help out athletes and patients all surrounding the Denver metro area. Although basketball players were not highlighted, they are not spared the need for dental implants caused from hard play. Nuggets Basketball team members have been given brand new smiles at Periodontal Associates because no one other than Drs. Ken Versman, Doug Heller, and Eric Beckman are trusted to handle such precious idols in Denver.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding sports injuries or how to protect against them just call our Aurora office at (303) 755-4500. Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman advise that all participants of sports take proper precaution by using mouth guards, especially if you have no reservations on the field. Also, teeth and gums can only be a strong and healthy as you allow them. The better the oral hygiene, the stronger the gums and their ability to hang on to your teeth.
If you have already become a victim of missing teeth, Periodontal Associates is here to help. Our patients come from different age ranges and with different origins of tooth loss. Dental implants are a permanent and lifelong lasting fix to feeling complete again. Let us transform your smile so that your reputation is only about your athletics and not your grin.