Hockey, Tooth Loss and Dental Implants

Losing almost all of your teeth in a single incident can be a devastating experience. But for Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, losing seven teeth is simply a bump in the icy road toward a hockey championship. During Game 4 of the West Conference Finals in the fight for the Stanley Cup, Keith lost seven teeth when a hockey puck hit his mouth during a play. Despite the loss of teeth, Keith was able to return to the game to help the team sweep the San Jose Sharks with a final score of 4-2.

Keith loses teeth photo

What was next for Keith? Hockey championship or not, a trip to the dentist’s office is still a must after experiencing an injury like that. For people who have lost their teeth due to a major sports injury, dental implants or full mouth reconstruction may be necessary to restore their smiles. The New York dentists at Smile in the City specialize in using the most advanced technology to give patients the healthy, beautiful smiles that they deserve.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. The implants are placed within the jawbone to feel like natural roots, and they hold crowns, bridges and dentures in place to improve the appearance of your smile. Smile in the City dentists use Conebeam 3D imaging for accurate examinations of the patient’s mouth. With this advanced technology, we can assess whether you are a good candidate for New York dental implants and create a dental plan that works best for your mouth.


A crown is designed to match the appearance and shades of your natural teeth, and is often placed over the dental implant to improve your smile. At Smile in the City, we use CEREC technology to transform a digital image of your tooth into a 3D virtual model, which is then used to create a ceramic restoration of your tooth in less than an hour. You can receive a crown and improve your smile in one simple appointment.

IV Sedation

If you are nervous about receiving dental implants, crowns, full mouth reconstruction or any other treatment at Smile in the City, let us help put you at ease with safe, effective IV sedation. With IV sedation, our Smile in the City sedation expert administers a combination of sedatives and pain relievers intravenously so that you are completely relaxed during your dental procedure.

Contact Smile in the City for more information about our mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry treatments. And when you’re playing aggressive sports on the ice or on the field, be sure to wear the proper head, face and mouth protection!

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