Dental forceps

1601-1850 in Europe

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Group shot on dark backgrund showing from left to right A621720 Dental forceps, very crude construction, iron, probably
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Dental forceps, very crude construction, iron, probably European, 1601-1850

Dental forceps used for tooth pulling have been around for centuries. This example (one the right) is very crudely constructed and was probably made by a blacksmith. Tooth pulling was carried out by a range of people including barber-surgeons and travelling practitioners and was the only remedy for diseased teeth. Dentistry did not become a regulated and licensed profession until the late 1800s. The forceps are shown here with a pair of crow's bill forceps (A86892).


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complete, iron
dental forceps, dentistry (extraction) dental forceps, dentistry (extraction)
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment
  • dental instrument

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