Derrick White tells how his tooth was repaired before the parade


Derrick White needed to interrupt his Celtics title celebrations several times this week to undergo dental work.

The Celtics guard broke considered one of his front teeth in the course of the decisive win over the Mavericks on Monday. Thanks to Boston Dental, the tooth was repaired by Friday.

White and Boston Dental each released a video of his tooth repair. It appeared that various dental instruments were used to repair White's tooth.

It was also a radical process that won’t yet be fully accomplished.

“I spent about two hours [there],” White said Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston when asked how much time he spent in the dentist's chair before Friday's parade. “Then I had to return for about an hour. Now we now have just a little temporary solution for tonight.”

“Shout out to Boston Dental, you are all doing well.”

Boston Dental apparently received a signed jersey and a basketball from White as a thank you for fixing his tooth.

White chipped his tooth while diving for a loose ball in the first half of Game 5. While diving for the ball, White landed face first on the hardwood floor, while Mavericks center Dereck Lively II hit the back of his head while trying to grab the ball.

This sequence caused White to start bleeding, which led to a brief stoppage in play. However, he stayed in the game and sank a three-pointer shortly after.

The All-Defensive Team guard continued to show great commitment in Game 5 despite the situation with his teeth. In the second half, he blocked Lively at the basket and finished the game with 14 points.

White downplayed the injury when speaking to reporters after the championship win on Monday.

“I knew straight away. I've broken it before, so it's nothing recent,” White said. “But, well, this tooth is loose. The other two teeth are wobbly. They were trying things within the locker room. I used to be like, I don't care. Just play.”

As the celebrations began, White made fun of his dental situation. He pretended to pull out his broken tooth while drinking champagne in the locker room before giving a speech about the tooth at the team's after-party.

“I have no tooth,” White said at the party. “I don’t [expletive] care for it. We are the champs!”

White's dental problem didn't stop him from celebrating the Celtics' victory, nonetheless. He traveled with the team to Miami for a fast trip Tuesday through Wednesday. He also bought himself his own amphibious vehicle in an ad for Sam Adams this week.

Before throwing beers to Celtics fans during Friday's parade, White told Abby Chin what his favorite a part of the celebration was.

“Probably just hanging out with the team,” White said. “We just have a great locker room and a great group of guys to hang out with.”

It's unclear what number of more dental procedures White could have to undergo. But if he has to spend some more time at Boston Dental, it seems he has enough money to proceed the dental repairs. The Celtics and White are expected to conform to a four-year extension that could possibly be value as much as $127 million. Longtime NBA insider Marc Stein reported Start of the week.

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