Etruscan bridges, c 7th century BC.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Etruscan bridges, c 7th century BC.

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The Etruscans were the first people to make false teeth. These examples show how they mounted extracted teeth, minus their roots, on gold bridges which would then be mounted between good teeth. Their techniques were not really improved upon until the 18th century.

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