A dental crown made for legendary performer Elvis Presley is being toured across the UK as a dozen dentists are set to take part in ‘Elvis Day’ this May, in order to promote awareness of mouth cancer. The crown was made for Elvis by Memphis dentist Henry J Weiss and the restoration will be on display alongside costumes, music and free mouth cancer screenings for patients. 1,985 people in the UK died from oral cancer in 2010.
The crown was made after Elvis visited the dentist at 10.30pm on August 15th 1977, the day before he passed away at his Graceland home in Memphis, aged 42. The tooth restoration was then bought at auction in February 2012 for $11,000 (about £6,600) by a Canadian dentist who collects celebrity teeth. Dr Michael Zuk has also been making headlines recently as he claimed to be considering cloning singer John Lennon from DNA taken from a wisdom tooth that he also purchased at auction, saying that the clone ‘could be looked at as my son’.
This famous Beatles tooth was also sent to 16 different dental clinics in the UK as part of a similar campaign back in 2012. The tooth was put into a pendant and it toured the surgeries to raise awareness of dental problems, including oral cancers.