Mankind’s Teeth

Mick Foley rose to fame in the 90s in the professional wrestling world of the now WWE, or World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., due to his fearlessness and earned the nickname ‘The Hardcore Legend.’ Over the years he has been three different characters: survivor Cactus Jack, Hippie Dude Love and the mental Mankind. His dedication to the wrestling scene can be traced back through many unforgettable moments that resulted in sometimes horrific injury.

In 1989 he knocked out two front teeth and swallowed them in a match against Sting. In 1994 in Germany, Foley faced Big Van Vader and had his ear torn off. He has suffered numerous concussions, broken his nose several times, experienced second and third-degree burns, broken his ribs on multiple occasions, and the list could go on and on.

WWE viewers were reminded of his past recently when on a live episode of RAW his bottom teeth came flying out of his mouth. Most likely dentures or “flippers, he took to Twitter to share this with his fans:

“Yes, that was my bottom teeth (my HIAC teeth) falling out on live TV! Just means @iLikeSamiZayn brought something out in me. #RAWCharlotte”

The abbreviation HIAC refers to the “Hell in a Cell” match in 1998 where he took on the infamous character the Undertaker. During this match, Foley is choke slammed into the ring as previously planned. However the floor gives way, and he crashes straight through and is knocked unconscious. He suffered a concussion but miraculously continued the show with his front tooth actually lodged into one of his nostrils. He also dislocated his left shoulder, bruised his ribs, suffered internal bleeding and dislocated his jaw. He posted on Facebook last year that four teeth were damaged that night, and he was in the process of an extensive overhaul of the area in his mouth with a more permanent solution. Most likely implants.

Dr. Kevin Pollock, DDS MS, Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and founder of Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists in Rockwall, TX, discusses what to do when a tooth is dislodged due to a trauma or sports injury,

“If a tooth is knocked out it should be placed in salt water or milk. The sooner the tooth is re-inserted into the dental socket, the better chance it will survive. The patient should see a dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible. Never attempt to wipe the tooth off, since remnants of the ligament that hold the tooth in the jaw are attached and are vital to the success of replanting the tooth. In the event that injured teeth cannot be saved or repaired, dental implants are often now utilized as replacements for missing teeth.”

Permanent implants will help his mouth in more than just appearance. When teeth are lost, over time the jaw bone begins to deteriorate.

In fact, Pollock says,

“In general, people lose 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Implants act just like natural teeth and safeguard your bone structure and oral health.”

Not only will Foley’s jaw bone thank him for a more permanent solution, but he will probably find things like eating and speaking much easier and more comfortable.