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?

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’

$15M for NYC Cosmetic Dentist Injured in Moped Crash

Hand Tremors Compromised Ability to Provide Cosmetic Dentistry

New York cosmetic dentist Dr. Larry Ashkinazy called himself the “Dentist to the Stars,” apparently serving a celebrity clientele. In 2002, he was riding his moped through Manhattan when he hit a manhole cover near Consolidated Edison service equipment. Though Con Ed claims the lid was barricaded, Dr. Ashkinazy sued.

The doctor was just awarded $15M for the hand tremors he suffered as a result of his injuries. Not surprisingly, Con Ed plans to appeal the ruling.

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