In a wild cover story for the current issue of Esquire magazine, pop music juggernaut Post Malone recounts how he almost lost a $600,000 diamond tooth down a Roman drain after a near-tragic Chicken McNugget accident.
Malone was chomping down on his favorite fast food when one of his two diamond canines (the pointy teeth that look like fangs) sprang from his mouth. He snatched it in his hand, but then fumbled the bezel-set bling right down a drain.
“I’m like, ‘… Man, I’m going to have to go into the ancient Roman sewers,’” he told Esquire.
Undaunted, Malone crafted a retrieval device from a pair of pliers and a takeout-pizza plastic tripod. The rescue was a success and the “Rockstar” artist quickly employed a local dentist to reinstall the 6-carat treasure.
Malone first revealed his diamond canine replacements on social media back in June of 2021. The 12-carat total weight pair were the result of a year-and-a-half of trial and error by celebrity dentist Thomas Connelly. Malone wanted to take the idea of diamond veneers to the next level. Malone challenged the doc Connelly to create diamond teeth.
“It’s very difficult to cut holes in diamonds without destroying them,” Connelly told Rolling Stone magazine in 2021. He also noted that there was a lot of diamond waste during the cutting process. A 12-carat rough diamond was required to yield a 6-carat canine tooth. Overall, the dentist sourced 40 carats of diamonds from Belgium and had them custom cut in Israel.
In June 2022, Malone released his fourth studio album. It was appropriately titled Twelve-Carat Toothache, a clever tribute to his diamond teeth, one of which almost got away.
Doctor Connelly told Rolling Stone‘s readers that there’s no special method to cleaning diamond teeth. He can just brush them normally.
“He’s now got two functional, full diamond teeth,” Connelly told the publication. “They light up the room. They sparkle, they shine. They’re amazing.”
Malone recently surpassed former record-holder Bruno Mars as the artist with the most RIAA diamond-certified (10 million sold) singles.