In an attempt to raise awareness of mouth cancer, a dental crown worn by Elvis Presley is touring the UK, accompanied by Elvis impersonators. There are five letters of authenticity, from the wife and sons of the dentist and Joe Esposito (Elvis’ road manager).
Mouth cancer is a disease during which a tumour develops on the surface of the tongue, mouth, lips or gums. It can also occur in the salivary glands, tonsils and pharynx, however this is less common.
Karen Sutton, the dentist who hosted the first stop of the tour, said: “We are doing this as a way of raising awareness of mouth cancer which currently kills five people a day in the UK.”
The false tooth was bought at auction for £6,500 by a Canadian dentist named Michael Zuk, who donated the false tooth to the tour in a bid to raise awareness. He also owns one of John Lennon’s teeth.