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Eric Belanger: 'I felt my teeth shatter right away'

(Dushan Milic for the Globe and Mail)


In case you missed it this weekend, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail wrote a delightful (if you're into horrific mouth injuries) piece on NHL players and their many dental issues. Featured is Caps center Eric Belanger and his recent teeth-shattering incident, which we covered extensively (too extensively?). Here's even more, if you can stomach it:

Perhaps the busiest dentist in recent years has been the Washington Capitals' Thomas Lenz, who helped repair former captain Chris Clark's broken palate bone in 2006 - "it was basically sitting in the back of his throat when I got to him" - in one of the more horrific dental injuries.
When Belanger took a stick to the mouth in Game 5 of the first round, he performed a little self-dentistry on the bench by fishing a broken tooth from his mouth. It's already become one of the enduring images of these playoffs, replayed over and over on the Internet and television.
Belanger was not wearing a mouthguard and Bergeron's stick - a composite model wrapped in Kevlar to make it more durable - tore a labial frenulum (a muscle attachment) inside his mouth.
"I felt my teeth shatter right away," he said. "I knew I was in trouble."

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By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 17, 2010; 9:42 AM ET
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Comments

My bro in law played pro hockey and he said that the mouth guards are there mainly to protect against your bottom jaw slamming into your upper jaw and causing a concussion when you are hit or fall to the ice. He said that wearing a mouth guard can result in the loss of more teeth than if you werent wearing it because it spreads the impact over a wide area.

Posted by: griz0615 | May 17, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Woof.

Such a charming image for after-lunch viewing. Ugh. Poor Belanger (and anyone else who's had a tooth knocked out, let alone EIGHT!) Yeowtch.

Posted by: irockthered | May 17, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

hmm. And we want people to jam the net when someone unleashes a howitzer from the point??

Posted by: RedLitYogi | May 17, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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