Posted October 15, 2013

Pistons’ Brandon Jennings to miss three weeks with wisdom tooth fracture

Brandon Jennings, Detroit Pistons, Rob Mahoney
Detroit will have to get by without its starting point guard for three weeks. (Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Detroit will have to get by without starter Brandon Jennings for three weeks. (Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Off the top: Ouch.

According to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News, Pistons guard Brandon Jennings will miss three weeks of action with an impacted wisdom tooth — an affliction that results when molars don’t have the necessary room to grow properly. As a result, Jennings’ wisdom tooth was fractured at its base, per Goodwill, which sounds just miserable. Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press noted that Jennings’ treatment will involve immobilization for three weeks — thus creating the basis for his timetable to return.

There’s no risk of persistent damage, but an overhauled team losing Jennings at such a formative stage hurts all the same. Detroit still has so much to figure out through the conclusion of training camp and the exhibition season; spacing, for one, figures to be a consistent issue whenever Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond share the floor with the newly signed Josh Smith — the quandary of which Jennings will have to navigate regularly. More broadly, almost half of Detroit’s roster — including Jennings — is stocked with first-time Pistons, all of whom are learning the ropes under new head coach Maurice Cheeks. This is a hiccup in the Pistons’ season preparation, to say the least. It will likely be of marginal consequence in the grand scheme of the season, but it does complicate the process of incorporating so many new pieces into the Pistons’ playing rotation.

Fortunately, Detroit won’t have to go too long with Jennings out of the lineup. Supposing that he makes his return in three weeks, Jennings would miss just the first few games of the regular season. Yet Rodney Stuckey, who could have filled in for Jennings, may also be out of the lineup after breaking his thumb in a car door. Cheeks has expressed optimism that Stuckey could be back in the mix by opening night, but it seems doubtful that Stuckey would assume big minutes for the Pistons just a few weeks removed from thumb surgery. Will Bynum — a pick-and-roll guard coming off a nice, quiet season — has started in place of Jennings/Stuckey in the preseason, though it’s conceivable that Cheeks could lean on Chauncey Billups to run point once the regular season kicks off.

16 comments
dcs1256
dcs1256

No question that hockey players are the gritiest of all of the major sports.  Basketball players?  It seems that they would find any excuse not to get out there and that's why they are the biggest p*ssies of the major sports.

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

oh great, I might have to deal with this later in life, I think my x-rays showed some of my wisdom teeth growing in

ninjanickwhite1996
ninjanickwhite1996

Cry some more Brandon Jennings. Hockey players pull their own teeth out on the bench and don't miss a minute of the game.

O
O

A fractured wisdom tooth does not require three weeks of immobilization. However, if his mandible was fractured during the extraction, then he would require his jaws being fixed with ligature wires.

Jonathan T
Jonathan T

My wisdom teeth were impacted and had to be surgically removed too.  The procedure is pretty straight forward but it does require stitches in your gums and some time to heal.  I don't know about 3 weeks but I guess with the high impact from running, jumping, and being hit in the face could factor in to that time table.

matthewfreitas27
matthewfreitas27

John Tavares of the NY Islanders pulled his tooth out on the bench and kept playing the other night...

Jeff63
Jeff63

Yank the tooth and go back to playing, whiner

nick33
nick33

@dcs1256 i don't think, brandon jennings is lying about having an impacted wisdom tooth, that's extremely hard to lie about, they have to get surgically removed and i would know my brother had the same thing done and he could only waterfall applesauce into his mouth he couldnt even put a spoon in his mouth it hurt so much.. he had to keep gauze on his STITCHED gums for 3 days because of the excessive bleeding that comes with the operation. his cheeks blew up so much he looked like a chipmunk or dwayne wade. and he has had many other painful injuries but he said this one is the worse. The medication he took also made him throwup a lot on top of it. so pulling out a tooth is no where near as painful as this. and they r probably giving him 3 weeks because he won't be eating right and won't be exercising and will loose weight so thats y he will be out that long. 

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

@ninjanickwhite1996 Wow. Glad you're not a dentist. Impacted wisdom tooth pain is right at the top of the "I really hope this never happens to me" list. Getting a tooth punched out isn't even in the same universe. 

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

@matthewfreitas27 Yeah, I really wish mouthbreathers like you would stop trying to equate this to someone getting a tooth knocked out.

ToddG
ToddG

@Jeff63 You know an impacted wisdom tooth requires surgery on your gums to be removed right?  Not sure how he's gonna reach inside his gum and pull the tooth out but good advice anyways...