Dental instrument set, United States, 1871-1900
This large and ornately decorated dental instrument set may have been made for an exhibition. It has six layers of instruments, most of which have mother-of-pearl handles with an amber inlay. The instruments include dental keys, dental forceps for tooth pulling and dental descalers to remove plaque and deposits from the teeth. It is a large chest measuring 430 mm long and weighing 13.11 kg.
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Glossary: dental instrument set
Set of dental instruments
Glossary: dental forceps
Forceps used specifically to remove teeth.
Glossary: tooth pulling
The removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are also routinely performed.
The study, treatment and management of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, gums, teeth and their supporting tissues.
Glossary: dental key
Used in dentistry to remove diseased teeth. The dental key’s ‘claw’ would be tightened over a tooth. The instrument was then rotated to loosen the tooth. This often resulted in the tooth breaking, causing jaw fractures and soft tissue damage. It has been replaced by modern forceps.