Dentist creates sculptures of tiny workmen repairing teeth to liven up surgery

A dentist's surgery is never the most welcoming environment, but one creative dentist has sought to change that by livening up his clinic with a series of sculptures featuring tiny workmen scrubbing, cleaning and repairing teeth.

Using a real patient's dental cast Dr Ian Davis used his steady dentist's hand to create the tiny models, which he then attached to the model teeth.
Photographs of the 'Toothville' series adorn his dental surgery in north London and he even uses them to explain treatment to patients.

Dr Davis, 36, said: 'The idea was conceived following an article in a photography magazine where the photographer used small toy men in his photos.
'Photography is my hobby and it got me thinking about if teeth were very large how they would be treated.

'I then came up with the idea of tradesmen and general workers using their skills on teeth, if the teeth were very large compared to my little 'worklings'.
'I thought it was a nice concept and would be something like painting and decorating.

'Even one set-up can take quite a long time. Because they're so tiny, they're extremely fiddly.

'Luckily I have a steady hand and lots of tools.'

Dr Davis said patients loved the works and they lifted the atmosphere of his surgery.

'I really enjoy doing them and, as dentists, we are very into things that are very small.

'Making the small, humdrum everyday things special is what we are all about.'

Hollywood director Kevin Smith booted off flight after pilot says he's 'too fat to fly'

Cult film director and actor Kevin Smith sparked an internet frenzy after he revealed an airline had thrown him off a flight for being too fat.

Smith claimed a pilot ejected him from a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Burbank, California, saying he didn't fit properly in a single seat.

The Clerks star raised a stink about the incident on his Twitter page yesterday, saying: 'I'm way fat, but I'm not there just yet.'

He added: 'If you look like me, you may be ejected from Southwest Air.'

He posted a picture of himself sitting on the plane with his cheeks puffed out.

'I broke no regulation, offered no 'safety risk' (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?)' he later Tweeted.

'I saw someone bigger than me on THAT flight! But I wasn't about to throw a fellow Fatty under the plane as I'm being profiled. But he & I made eye contact, & he was like "Please don't tell..."

After landing in Burbank, Smith wrote: 'Don't worry: wall of the plane was opened & I was airlifted out while Richard Simmons supervised.'

Southwest says its 'Customer of Size' policy require travellers must be able to fit safely and comfortably in one seat or make other arrangements.

After a storm of angry online comments from Smith and his fans, the airline issued an apology first from its own Twitter account and later in a statement on its Web site titled 'Not So Silent Bob,' a jovial jab at the Silent Bob character Smith plays in many of his films.

'We would like to echo our tweets and again offer our heartfelt apologies to you,' the statement said.

The airline said it also accommodated Smith on a later flight, gave him a $100 voucher and apologised by phone.

Both Smith and the airline acknowledged that he had bought two seats for his original flight from Oakland, where he had spoken at the Macworld Expo conference.

But he was flying standby in order to catch an earlier flight, and only one was available.

The movie man insisted that he was still able to put both armrests down and buckle his seat belt, which is Southwest's standard.

Smith is the director of the new Bruce Willis movie Cop Out, and previously directed the films Clerks and Chasing Amy.