So, around 7:30 p.m. in the pouring rain, my morning show partner Frye Guy is calling around to find an open dentist that had room for me. I made a call to my friend Kelly Pleiman who serves on the Women’s Board for Dayton Children’s with me. She knows everybody and asked her if she could get hold of fellow board member Jennifer Almoney, whose husband Bill is a dentist.
First thing Kelly asked me was if I’d been drinking, because, let’s face it, it would make a good story. But being a “school night” I hadn’t been. Within 10 minutes, Dr. Bill Almoney called and agreed to meet Frye and me at his practice in Kettering.
“My first thought when Kelly called was how quickly I could meet you at the office,” he said. “When a tooth is lost, it is important to put it back in place as soon as possible. The sooner the tooth is replaced, the better the chance for keeping the tooth.”
After massive amounts of Novocain, Dr. Almoney was able stick the tooth back in and bond it to the others. He said that, while this is the first tooth he’s fixed smacked out by a country singer, lost teeth happen about once a year.
“The strangest was having to put a tooth back in during a Little League baseball game when my son’s teammate lost his tooth on a fly ball,” he said. “We found the tooth, rinsed it off and put it back in within about five minutes. That was about six years ago and the patient still has his tooth.”
It’s going to be a wait and see game for me to find out if the tooth reattaches to the bone or not. If not, I might moonlight as a pirate.