Stoke striker Peter Crouch feared he would end up "looking like Joe Jordan" after having two teeth knocked out in last week's victory over Newcastle.
The 31-year-old suffered the blow, which has left him having to wear a brace and, for matches, a gum shield, in a challenge with Fabricio Coloccini.
"The last week has been pretty horrendous," he told the Daily Mirror. "My teeth came out in my hand. I thought I was going to end up looking like Joe Jordan! I've never had to a wear brace before, not even when I was a teenager."
He added: "Thankfully there was a dentist in the crowd, a season ticket holder who works for the club, who came down and acted very quickly. He saved them."
Former Scotland forward Jordan lost his two front teeth early in his career while at Leeds and, though they were replaced by dentures, he played without them for safety reasons.