No, Kanye Didn't Get His Teeth Removed to Install $850,000 James Bond Villain-Inspired Titanium Grill

The artist formerly known as Kanye West had a fixed prosthodontics procedure done to achieve the look.

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The artist formerly known as Kanye West has gotten a new set of grills that were inspired by Jaws, one of the villains from the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker.

Many on social media assumed that Ye had his teeth removed to install the new dentistry. According to a source, that's not quite what happened. Ye had a procedure done called fixed prosthodontics where the grills, which were designed by Ye alongside his doctor and made of titanium, palladium, platinum, and other precious metals, are fixed to his teeth. Dentist Thomas Connelly, who worked with Ye on the procedure, also confirmed to Complex that the artist's teeth are all still there, if you were wondering. "He did not have his teeth removed," Connelly, who has worked with other celebrities in the past, said. "He still has a full dentition. Healthy and happy."

How much would something like that cost you ask? Reportedly $850,000.

Speculation of Ye removing his teeth kicked into gear on Wednesday when the artist and designer took to his Instagram Stories to drop off a picture of himself smiling with his new titanium piece, which also came with fangs. In his second post, the rapper shared a screenshot of a Google search for the Bond villain.

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Playboi Carti later hopped on Instagram and shared a post of a conversation in which Ye appeared to send him the photo of himself with the new piece.

Back in 2010, Ye appeared to suggest to Ellen DeGeneres that he removed his bottom teeth and had a diamond grill installed. However, Dr. Emanuel Layliev of the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry told Entertainment Weekly he didn't believe Kanye really had his teeth yanked out.

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"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," he said at the time. "There's no way you can just place the gold into the gum or the bone without any connection to your natural teeth."

Late last year, Ye shared an apology to the Jewish community for his several anti-semitic statements. It was later reported that the apology was crafted using AI.

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