Dental crowns, commonly known as caps, are a great way to combat the gradual wear and cracking that inevitably happens to our teeth as we age. Not to mention other bad habits like teeth grinding that can cause harm to your teeth. This wear affects young and old, rich and poor, and even the King himself. Maybe it is because the rock-n-roll legend, Elvis Presley, was taken before his time, but his fans seem to cling onto the most mundane and personal items from his life: including his old dental crown.
Elvis’ crown is currently listed on the Elvis Presley auction site, ElvisOwned.com lists all kinds of personal items from the King’s life ranging from old postage, to jewelry and an old mobile home. The crown in question broke in 1975 and was kept by his girlfriend, Linda Thompson. The crown exchanged hands a few times, eventually being acquired by an individual named Jesse Briggs. According to the auction listing, “The tooth was put on Ebay by Jesse and it soon reached over $100,000 before Ebay removed it for violating their policy of selling human teeth.” Currently the crown is listed on their website at a whopping $20,000.
Crowns Aren’t Just For Kings
Simply smiling is a great way to boost our mood and having a great set of teeth helps eliminate some of the anxiety that you may have about the appearance of your smile. With that being said, not all crowns are created equal. While it’s not likely that someone would be willing to pay upwards of $100,000 for your old dental crown, a fantastic cosmetic dentist will leave you with a million dollar smile.
At Dan Matthews, DDS, Dr. Dan Matthews doesn’t simply grind your existing tooth down to fit a crown; rather, Dr. Matthews shapes the existing tooth to make room from a dental crown. He will then make an indention of the tooth that is sent to a lab to create a dental crown that will fit fantastically. During this process, a temporary crown will be put in place until your new custom crown arrives. Once the new crown is inserted and cemented, it will last you 10-15 years with proper care. If you are in the Austin area and have any questions about crowns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (512) 520-0606 today.