Dental Dish: Did Mel Gibson Knock out Girlfriend’s Teeth?

Mel Gibson & Oksana Grigorieva: domestic violence?In January, Oksana Grigorieva – who recently had a child with Mel Gibson – saw a dentist following a fight with the actor.

She claims Gibson punched her twice in the face, giving her a concussion and resulting in the loss of one tooth and the chipping of another.

However, friends of the actor claim the damage was only to Grigorieva’s dental veneers, and that Gibson had nothing to do with the damage to the veneers.  Gibson maintains that he was only trying to protect their child from Grigorieva during the January altercation.

Sources close to the actor claim that Grigorieva made up the story because of ongoing custody battles and/or for financial reasons. Though the couple has been separated for many months, she recently filed a restraining order against Gibson.

I was curious about gossip websites reporting on someone’s medical records, so I turned to HR expert Barbara Freet. “Is there a HIPPA violation in here anywhere?” I asked her.

“Only if she didn’t want the press to know about her teeth,” Barbara replied, “which I assume she most certainly does!”

Read more: Oksana Went Dental, Did Mel Go Mental?

New Dental Marketing Trend: Buying Dead Celebrity Teeth?

New Dental Marketing Trend: Buying Dead Celebrity Teeth -Image Edmonton JournalWhen it comes to dental marketing, can purchasing celebrity teeth bring dentists more dental patients?

It would seem that one dentist may think so.

Canadian dentist Michael Zuk has once again made headlines with his $10,000 purchase of a crown once belonging to Elvis Presley.

The first time this dentist made news was when he paid $31,000 for a rotten tooth that belonged to John Lennon.

According to the Vancouver Sun, the Elvis crown was fashioned by Memphis dentist Henry Weiss for the King, who had a talent for chipping his teeth by banging them against microphones.

The family of the late Dr. Henry Weiss called Dr. Zuk to alert him that they were seeking a buyer for the dental crown after reading how Zuk had previously purchased Lennon’s bicuspid, which the dentist hopes will be recognized by the Guinness World Records as the most money paid for a human tooth.

It would seem that collecting teeth is not the only celebrity obsession Dr. Zuk admits to. In the past, the dentist has also purchased a piece of one of Elvis Presley’s scarves, a lock of Marilyn Monroe’s hair, the signature of Woody Woodpecker cartoonist Walter Lantz, and autographed pictures of musician Gene Simmons and Gilligan’s Island star Bob Denver, reports the Sun.

Zuk displays the items at his dental practice, with the exception of John Lennon’s tooth, which he keeps locked up elsewhere for safety reasons. Dentist Zuk told the Sun, “I don’t trust leaving it around. People steal my newspaper. Anybody who would steal your newspaper would steal one of John Lennon’s teeth.”

It is possible that Dr. Zuk is one brilliant dental marketer.

He once hired the actor who played the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld to do a dental commercial for him, to growl, “No tooth for you!” at the end of his commercial piece.

For more on this story see: Alberta Dentist Proud Owner of the King’s ‘Crown’

Ricky Gervais Plays Dentist in New Movie

Dentist Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais, best known for leading the cast of "The Office" in the UK, is now starring in a new romantic comedy. "Ghost Town" follows a misanthropic dentist who flatlines on the operating table and wakes up with the ability to see dead people.

New York dentist Dr. Joe Marini also works as a film consultant. The producers of "Ghost Town" hired him to make sure their dentistry scenes were fully realistic.

As dental consultant to the film, Dr. Marini helped the set decorator create a realistic operatory filed with relevant dental tools, even bringing in a Zoom light. He instructed Gervais on how to hold a drill near a patient's face and how to mix alginate for an impression. Gervais quizzed him on dentists' mannerisms, and Dr. Marini was impressed with the results, telling Gervais, "You look more dental than I do!"

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The Famous Dentist With a Secret Stash of Celebrity Patient Teeth

The Famous Dentist With a Secret Stash of Celebrity Patient TeethThis week Dr. Bill Dorfman, the dentist from Extreme Makeover shocked the public with his admission to TMZ cameras that he has a collection of his celebrity patient’s teeth.

If you are a celebrity in LA and you have Dr Dorfman pull your teeth — watch out — they could end up on eBay!

Dorfman told the TMZ cameraman, “I actually save famous people’s teeth when I pull them … I can’t tell you because it’s like patient confidentiality. There have been a few really famous people and I thought one day maybe I could sell this on eBay.”

However, his story quickly changed as news reports surfaced about his statements to TMZ.

In a second interview later in the day, Dr. Dorfman backtracked his story by saying he was “totally joking.”

Below is a video of the original interview. What do you think?

There is nothing illegal about D. Dorfman stockpiling celebrity teeth, but is it ethical, especially if the celebrities in question didn’t know?

The full story: Has This Famous Dentist Secretly Been Stockpiling Celebrity Teeth?

Co-Host of “The View” In Danger of Losing Teeth

Whoopi Goldberg Preaches the Virtues of Dental Care

Whoopi Goldberg, comedienne and co-host of The View, discovered last week during emergency root canal surgery that she could lose her two front teeth as a result of years of poor dental care. As a result, she’s urging people to take care of their dental hygiene.

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