Accidents happen. You could be walking down the street, minding your own business, and a Steinway piano comes plummeting towards you from a tenth-storey window. You leap out of the way just in time, but the piano knocks over a drum of gravy (you were, it turns out, right next to that new chicken pot pie store on 3rd St, by the florist’s). The drum rolls into the street, where a pickup truck, its driver already distracted by the shattered grand piano, careens to the left in order to avoid the gravy container (you, thankfully, are on the right side of the street). The fender of the truck clips the metal support of an awning over a watermelon stand. The awning sweeps down, and a reinforced panel dislodges the front of the watermelon cart, loosing a rumbling, tumbling avalanche of watermelons down the sidewalk. Most people are deftly avoiding the watermelons, except for one man on crutches. A watermelon slams into his plaster leg cast, literally flipping him around like a little plastic foosball man. He lands on his back atop a thundering carpet of stripy green, and is swiftly carried backwards down the sidewalk by the rolling watermelons.
In the meantime, you’ve knocked out a tooth when you hit the ground.
In the grand scheme of things, it could be worse. You could be rolling down the sidewalk on a sea of watermelons. You could be a sidewalk merchant who just lost all your watermelons. Your grand piano could have just shattered on the sidewalk below. Or you could need an entire mouthful of dental implants.
In fact, it’s entirely possible that an entire set of dental implants costs more than the piano that started this whole mess. So thank your lucky stars. Collect your tooth (if you can find it) and head to the nearest cosmetic dentist. Even if they can’t save the tooth itself, they can easily fit you with the latest model in dental implants and a state-of-the-art replacement crown, so you can once again walk confidently down the street, smiling your smile, and keeping a watchful eye on the sky. Reference links.