Copy of Etruscan denture, Europe, 1901-1930

Made:
1901-1930 in Europe
maker:
Unknown
Etruscan dental bridge, one tooth, copy. White background.

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Etruscan dental bridge, one tooth, copy. White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Etruscan dental bridge, one tooth, copy

Etruscans, people living in Etruria (Umbria and Tuscany, Italy), were the first to make dentures and false teeth, from 700 BCE onwards. Teeth from another person or an animal, such as an ox, were inserted into a band of gold with a metal pin and fitted on to the remaining teeth. Imagine eating with another person’s teeth! Only wealthy people could afford this treatment. There were no specialist dentists, so dentistry was one of the duties of a physician.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A646732
Materials:
bone and metal
type:
dental bridge
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment