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Roman denture, c 400 BC.

Roman denture, c 400 BC.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


A copy of a Roman original from Satricum, (Conca), Italy. Roman dentists made bridges (tooth holders) of gold, to hold extracted teeth without roots, or false teeth of ivory or metal. These techniques were learned from the Etruscans, who were the first people to make false teeth around 700 BC.

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