“The three top are gone and the three bottom are cut in half,” said Thornton, who missed only one or two shifts, then had to spend an hour with team dentist Donald Goudy once Friday’s game ended.
Much of this appears in the print edition tomorrow, but I’ll lift heavily from that story because I know it’s been a topic of interest here.
Yes, Thornton was wearing a mouth guard. It didn’t help.
The back of his mouth guard, Thronton said, “got shattered off. I thought my teeth were all good up top, then I took out the mouth guard and the teeth came right with it.”
The badly damaged bottom teeth have been rebuilt some, but Thornton has reverted to using an old bridge — something he thought he wouldn’t have to do when he had “permanent” teeth constructed last summer.
It’s obviously not the first time Thornton has had to deal with dental woes tied to his job.
“Usually once a year I get hit in the mouth. It’s a pretty sensitive area when you start getting stitches inside the lip,” he said.
Thornton also has had to change the way he eats.
“I don’t know what’s going on down there,” he said, “but every time I try to chew on the right-hand side there’s a sharp pain so I’ve got to chew to my left-hand side.”