when Heads lost a tooth

Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that’s what makes it so boring.

→ Edward Gorey


Image from BBC Rugby League article “Player finds tooth stuck in head”






Wynnum Manly’s Ben Czislowski had been feeling off-colour since a sickening head clash with Tweed Heads forward Matt Austin in April…

MATT BROWN: So you went to the doctor after feeling a bit off-colour, three or four months later. How did that appointment go?

BEN CZISLOWSKI: The doctor had a look at it and he just automatically assumed that I’d need plastic surgery on to fix it, but he just said I’ll put a local in there and I’ll just get all the puss and stuff all around the eye. And so he did that, and he just said, Oh, there’s something hard in there, I think it’s calcification. And he got his tweezers out, and straight away he just said, you wouldn’t believe this. And he had a couple of swear words in there. And I said what, and he said mate there’s a tooth in there.

And so it was just … we were laughing straight away, because it was silly on my behalf that I’d let it go that long, but it was just strange, you know?

Quoted from a transcript of The whole tooth and nothing but the tooth broadcast on Australia’s PM Tuesday, 17 July , 2007 18:48:00


Czislowski…said he was prepared to mail the tooth back to its rightful owner but was holding onto it until then as proof of his bizarre injury.

Above & below, quoted from BBC Sport Rugby League article Player finds tooth stuck in head

Fear not, rugby players are seasoned professionals

  • In 2004, Widnes hooker Shane Millard also had an opponent’s tooth removed from his head.
  • Two years earlier, Wigan’s Jamie Ainscough’s arm became so badly infected there were fears it would be amputated before the source – an imbedded tooth – was discovered.


Then came the full fury of my monomania, and I struggled in vain against its strange and irresistible influence. In the multiplied objects of the external world I had no thoughts but for the teeth.

Edgar Allen Poe, Berenice


2 Responses to when Heads lost a tooth

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