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Ed Helms Explains His Real-Life Missing Tooth

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Ed Helms Explains His Real-Life Missing Tooth

Originally posted 06/05/2009 02:05PM

Ed Helms's toothless grin has been emblazoned on posters for his new movie The Hangover – and it turns out the holey smile wasn't just a gag.

"It is totally real," Helms, 35, tells PEOPLE. "I have an implant. An adult tooth never came in … and when I was 16, they did a permanent implant."

For the film, about a bachelor party in Las Vegas that goes wildly wrong, Helms spends much of the time sans front tooth. To achieve the look, he (and his dentist) decided to forego prosthetics and just remove his fake tooth.

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