Tooth be told, we’re always looking for additions to our collection of the odd and unusual. One of our latest exhibit acquisitions comes from a dentist in Tampa, Florida. However, Dr. Michael Foley isn’t your typical practiced, licensed dentist. Aside from fillings and cleanings, Dr. Foley creates dentures from shark teeth.
Michael Foley has collected shark teeth since he was six years old. Now at 33, he decided to combine his two passions of dentistry and sharks. He created a pair of dentures using two rows of razor-sharp fossil shark teeth!
Perhaps the most interesting part of Dr. Foley’s collection comes from a toothy creature who lived millions of years ago—the Megalodon! The Megalodon sported a full set of pearly whites, each between four and seven inches long! In fact, some reconstructions of the Megalodon’s jaw suggest that each tooth may have been up to seven feet across. Like other shark species, the Megalodon lost its teeth quite often, which is why avid collectors, like Dr. Foley, can still find and create dentures out of their pearly whites.