By Alison Majikes/Special to

My, what big teeth you have Boris…

A zoo dentist in Tacoma Washington faced, quite possibly, the biggest patient he has ever seen last week.

Boris the Polar Bear, a resident at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, underwent a procedure to remove three broken or decayed teeth in an operating room that not only included the dentist and his assistant, but also an entire support staff to make sure everything went smoothly.

According to an article by The Daily Mail UK, the zoo said Boris is one of the oldest polar bears in any North American zoo. At the ripe old age of 29, he has been living nearly twice as long as his relatives live in the wild.

The giant bear was born in Germany, but came to the U.S. in 2002 after U.S. animal welfare officials rescued him from a circus in Puerto Rico.

Along with his residency at the zoo, Boris must have gotten an excellent dental healthcare package to go along with it.

To read the full story about Boris, see more pictures and the team that worked with him.