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What to do with a Broken Tooth?

13th February 2018

My son is an avid West Ham fan. During a recent televised FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town “Hammers”, midfielder Josh Cullen had a tooth knocked out after a tough tackle.

Cullen was left literally spitting blood but was able to continue playing (minus the tooth) after treatment. Luckily the West Ham trainer managed to find the tooth and took off the pitch and stored it in a cup of milk in the team’s dugout. This preserved the tooth as best as possible until Cullen visited A & E to have it reattached probably at an emergency dental unit. I have not heard the outcome but presume it was successful.

Josh Cullen with Missing Tooth

Josh Cullen. Picture taken from BBC Sport

Storing the tooth in milk was probably the best solution in these circumstances as Cullen played on. However, the overall best option and one I would always recommend is to clean the tooth (either in milk or water or suck it clean), stick it back in the mouth whenever possible and seek immediate advice/help from a dental professional or A&E dept.

My ex-colleague Serpil Djemal who is a consultant in restorative dentistry at Kings College Hospital and Chair of Dental Trauma UK was interviewed after this incident and said professional footballers should consider wearing mouthguards and then amateur players would follow.  Great advice, but I am not sure this will ever happen. Incidentally, my son who is 13 plays hockey for his school and a local club and when training as well as playing a game they are not allowed on the pitch without using a mouthguard.

Dr Shirley Cox

BDS(Hons), FDS RCS (Eng), MSc(Lond), M Orth RCS(Eng), FDS Orth RCS (Eng)
GDC: 68425

Shirley qualified in Dentistry from The Royal London Hospital in 1992 and she achieved her M Orth specialist qualification in orthodontics in 2000. Shirley was appointed as Consultant Orthodontist at Bart’s Health Trust in 2004 and now works as an Orthodontic Consultant at the new Royal London Hospital site.

At the Wapping Dental Centre, Shirley is able to offer the very latest treatments available, enabling her to treat adult and child patients who have simple, moderate and complex needs and to improve both the appearance and the function of their teeth.

“Patients in my care receive my personal attention at all times and are treated solely by me. I love to treat patients and help them achieve and keep for life the Beautiful, Healthier and Happier smiles they desire. I look forward to meeting you and helping however I can.”

Shirley Cox

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