Wisdom teeth removal is rarely necessary

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People are more likely to experience complications caused by having their wisdom teeth pulled than they are from keeping them in their head, according to several studies cited in this Fusion article by Rob Wile.

Indeed, Britain’s National Health Service now advises the following on wisdom teeth removal:

Your wisdom teeth don’t usually need to be removed if they’re impacted but aren’t causing any problems. This is because there’s no proven benefit of doing this and it carries the risk of complications.

Even if they’re impacted!

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In-mouth dental CNC mill

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This Russian video shows a high-tech, terrifying in-mouth CNC mill that uses built-in cameras and a machine controlled drill to precisely mill out rotten parts of teeth while you clench the machine's anchor in your jaw, whimpering around it (usefully, it doubles as a gag). (via JWZ) Read the rest

Happy Creepy Easter

Only the bunny knows his dark secret.

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Owner of John Lennon's tooth would like to clone the musician

Back in 2011, I posted that one of John Lennon's teeth was up for auction. Canadian dentist Michael Zuk bought the molar for approximately $34,000 and says he would eventually like to use it to clone Lennon and raise him as his own son.

"He would still be his exact duplicate but you know, hopefully keep him away from drugs and cigarettes, that kind of thing," Zuk said.

Zuk has all kinds of other plans involving the tooth, including a DNA pendant, fine art photos, a documentary film, charity fundraising... It goes on and on over at JohnLennonTooth.com. (NME) Read the rest

Shane MacGowan seeks dentist

The Pogues' Shane MacGowan is seeking a dentist to fix his famously bad teeth. In exchange, he has offered to appear in advertising for the dentist. "Shane is keen to find a dentist, so he can start in Hollywood film," MacGowan's girlfriend, Victoria Mary Clarke, posted to Twitter. MacGowan had dentures but apparently prefers not to wear them. (NME) Read the rest

Vintage nightmare teeth

You know what you missed? You missed the chance to buy this amazing set of vintage derpface choppers ("Authentic original used dental school teaching device."), which sold on eBay for $400.

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Boy pulls own tooth by tying it to the round in a nerf gun, yanking trigger

In this video, an enterprising young fellow ties his loose tooth to the projectile in his Nerf Big Bow and fires the weapon, taking his tooth out in one glorious, nearly painless instant.

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