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Advertisement for artificial teeth patented by Field & Co., surgeon dentists

Advertisement for artificial teeth patented by Field & Co., surgeon dentists

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1884

Shelfmark: Evan.5389

Item number: 5389

Genre: Leaflet

The sale of false teeth was the most profitable part of a dentist's trade. By the end of the 19th century, dentures were made of vulcanised rubber, which could be moulded and coloured to match the natural gum and fitted with porcelain teeth. Well-fitting teeth would improve mastication and articulation, and might also enhance a patient's face by giving a more youthful appearance. In the final decades of the century, dentists were able to offer the use of nitrous oxide gas as an anaesthetic for the extraction of teeth. Once excruciatingly painful, this operation was now rendered relatively painless, making the wearing of artificial teeth a much more attractive option.

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