In case you missed it, Kanye unveiled his new gold and diamond teeth on Ellen. When asked if he places a gold and diamond bridge on top of his normal teeth he told her, “No, it’s, like, replaced my bottom row of teeth.” Of course. This led EW to ask the big one: “Did Kanye West really have his teeth pulled out and replaced with diamonds?” They queried a dentist, Dr. Emanuel Layliev of the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, to find out. Dr. Layliev:
It’s a possibility, but I really doubt that the gold was extended into his actual socket within the gum and bone to replace the actual teeth themselves. There’s no way you can just place the gold into the gum or the bone without any connection to your natural teeth.
EW goes on to say:
According to Layliev, it’s much more likely that West had his teeth trimmed down and used them as support for a gold and diamond encrusted bridge, more or less as Ellen suspected. It’s also possible that West had his front teeth surgically removed, replaced them with titanium implants, and then had the flashy structure built on top. The latter procedure would require a months-long waiting period for the titanium implants to set.
If you’re curious if it’s harmful or want to learn how to take care of your own gold teeth, find out more at EW.
Here’s the Ellen interview, which includes a “Runaway” preview: