Winter 2016

Mighty Molar

Guess whose tiny patients are greeted by a 10-foot-tall tooth?

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Photo: Kelvin Ma

At approximately 10 feet tall, this daunting piece of dentition stands outside the Stoughton, Massachusetts, pediatric practice of Martin Kaplan, D75A. It was carved by “The Machine” Jesse Green, star of the National Geographic Channel TV show American Chainsaw, from a centuries-old beech tree that was toppled during Hurricane Irene in 2011.

The molar is based on Happy Tooth, a character in a coloring book Kaplan created when he was a dental student.

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