Stoke striker Peter Crouch feared he would end up "looking like Joe Jordan" after having two teeth knocked out in last week's win 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.
"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.
"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."
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.