Charlize Theron is no stranger to the use of dental prosthetics in movies. After all, she donned a set of crooked false teeth for her Oscar-winning role in 2003’s Monster.
But she’s probably a lot less happy with the prosthetics she has to get after her recent dental injury on the set of Atomic Blonde. To be fair, reconstructive dentistry is an entirely different thing than movie prosthetics, and it sounds like the incident was quite painful, too.
Training to Perform Her Own Stunts
Atomic Blonde is a big-budget action thriller that is set for a July release this year. In the movie, Theron plays an MI-6 agent who is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent–and recover a valuable list of double agents.
Needless to say, once Theron decided she wanted to perform her own stunts, she had to do a tremendous amount of training to get her moves up to standard.
She worked with eight trainers for several months to try to build up her strength and agility. And her tooth injury was directly related to the fact that she wasn’t initially strong enough.
She said, “When I trained, I cracked two teeth in the back of my mouth, clenching while fighting, because apparently my arm strength wasn’t strong enough.”
You might think the two aren’t related, but it’s common for people to clench their teeth when they’re pushing the limits of their strength. That’s because the jaw helps to stabilize your core–the jaw muscles provide support for the neck as well as the jaw.
That’s why TMJ treatment can help some people do better in many sports or hobbies where strength and balance are required. It’s also why some athletes in noncontact sports–like weightlifting–develop TMJ.
Still Waiting for Surgery
Theron also confessed that she hasn’t yet gotten the teeth repaired. That’s not too big a surprise, given the busy schedule of training, shooting, and then promoting the movie, which debuted at South by Southwest a couple weeks ago.
Hopefully she has at least temporary restorations that can protect the cracked teeth until she can get permanent repairs done. Once cracked, teeth become vulnerable to further damage. They can become infected, which may lead to the need for root canal therapy. Or they can crack worse, and if the crack spreads to the tooth root, the tooth will likely need to be removed and replaced with a dental implant.
But the good news is that restorative dentistry offers many great options these days. With all-ceramic dental crowns, Theron will still be able to smile with confidence without having to worry about cracking those teeth again.
If you’ve cracked one or two teeth while training for your movie (or, really, any reason), we can help. Please call us today for an appointment with a Westchester County cosmetic dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.