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Elvis’s crown hits the road for dental tour of UK


After announcing last month that a crown belonging to the late Elvis Presley is to go on a tour of dental clinics, the tooth restoration has finally taken to the road to raise awareness of mouth cancer, travelling across eleven locations throughout the UK to support the cause.

Dubbed The King’s Crown, the porcelain restoration will go on tour with Elvis lookalikes after it was arranged by Dr Michael Zuk, the Canadian dentist who purchased the crown. The King’s tooth was bought for £6,500 at an auction in 2013; Dr Zuk also purchased one of John Lennon’s extracted wisdom teeth to add to his collection.

The crown’s first stop will be in Malvern, Worcestershire, where dentist Karen Sutton called it ‘a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.’ She added ‘We are doing this as a way of raising awareness of mouth cancer which currently kills five people a day in the UK’ and encouraged patients to visit to see the crown and get their teeth checked out. After its stay in Malvern, the tooth will travel to ten other locations across the United Kingdom, including London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It travels with five letters of authenticity, from the wife and sons of the dentist that Elvis visited, as well as confirmation from Joe Esposito, Presley’s road manager.

The Osmond’s descend on Malvern dental practice


Malvern dentist Karen Sutton is used to emergency dental problems coming through her surgery door, but it must have been something of a shock to find out that American pop stars The Osmond’s were sitting in her waiting room after arriving early for an appointment. Wife of lead singer Merrill Osmond developed a problem with one of her teeth and the bands tour manager rang Beacon DentalCare to see if there was a slot available on short notice; the family group were in Malvern to perform at the Malvern Theatre later that night.

In under an hour Mary Osmond was referred for treatment, and the staff had nothing but good things to say about the singer and his wife, dental nurse Denise Purlow said they were ‘really lovely and down to earth’ and she described how Merrill chatted to the staff for a little while in the waiting room, adding that ‘[Merrill] even asked me to explain the rules of cricket to him while his wife was being treated.’

The family were so pleased with their visit to the clinic that they presented four free tickets to the team; Dr Sutton couldn’t believe her luck when Merrill Osmond pointed to her in the audience and told everyone that she was his dentist. ‘I can’t believe I got the chance to hug a living legend, simply by helping someone in trouble with their teeth,’ she added.

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