IT will be a case of Viva Las Barry when the King of Rock n Roll’s dental crown visits as part of a UK tour.
Elvis Presley’s tooth will visit Advance Dental Care to raise awareness of mouth cancer next month, on June 6.
Staff are preparing to herald the piece - nicknamed The King’s Crown - with an array of Elvis impersonators, songs, a burger van and most importantly free oral mouth cancer checks for anyone attending – whether a registered patient or not.
The crown was made by the star's former dentist Henry J Weiss and Canadian dentist Michael Zuk, who donated the false tooth to the tour, bid £6,500 for it at auction.
Dr Zuk also owns one of John Lennon's teeth.
Advance Dental Care owner and dentist at the Lakin Drive, Highlight Park practice, Andy Nourish and colleague Gareth Crowther said having the famous crown at the practice would act as a fun way of highlighting a serious issue and encourage people, with or without teeth, to go for regular check-ups.
Andy said dentists were potentially able to spot signs of mouth and other cancers citing a case where he had been suspicious of a patient’s facial marking, advised her to see a doctor, and later discovered she’d been diagnosed with a malignant melanoma.
Mouth cancer, also known as oral cancer, sees an abnormal group of cells (tumour) develop on the surface of the tongue, mouth, lips or gums.
It can occur in the salivary glands, tonsils and the part of the throat that leads from mouth to windpipe.
It is most common in men above 50 and smoking and drinking can be two of the contributory factors.
Andy said the tooth was arriving via charity Dental Mavericks, with whom they are linked, who provide dental care in Morocco where there are dental problems due to sugar and poor health care.
He said the event would highlight the issue of oral cancer and the importance of check-ups even for those with dentures.
Andy added: “We like to have fun along the way and if we can send patients out laughing we have done a good job.”