Man finds tooth-like object in carton of ice cream.
A Colorado man got quite the shock when he went to the freezer for an after dinner snack Thursday night.
Like many people Kenneth Smalley enjoys a little bit of ice cream every now and then.
This time he opted for the Shoppers Value chocolate chip ice cream from the local Albertson’s.
While savoring the chunks of chocolate he found something that just didn't belong.
"All the sudden there was a chocolate chip that wasn't melting," says Smalley.
It didn't take Smalley long to figure out what he had in his mouth wasn't chocolate at all.
"When I removed it from my mouth it appeared to be a human tooth. I'm mortified, you know, it's like mwuuummmpp," he says making a gagging gesture.
So Smalley let NBC affiliate KKCO take the tooth-shaped object to get tested.
Smalley says he just wanted to know the truth.
"There was a foreign object in my ice cream which does not belong there," he says.
Dental hygienist Kim Hayniee, who examined the so called tooth, said by sight alone it appeared to be a legitimate human tooth.
"It just, it looks like part of a tooth that is broken," she says.
To make absolutely sure the object was a tooth it was put under a microscope.
Dr. John Poovey has worked as a general dentist for the past decade.
"Looked at it under high power magnification and looked at the structure and then we took a film of it," he says.
It didn't take long to get to the root of the problem.
"Not tooth, 100 percent positive," Dr. Poovey said.
Dr Poovey says it's not a veneer or anything tooth related at all, but most likely a piece of plastic.
It's somewhat of a relief for Smalley, who thought he had bitten off more than he could chew.
"Plastic is not like having someone else's tooth decay in your mouth," he says.
Calls to ‘Shoppers Value’ have not yet been returned.