waterlooteeth

Waterloo Teeth

The upper denture of ivory, England 1801 – 1860. This denture was carved in ivory and than the anterior human teeth were inserted in it.


In that period healthy teeth were very valued and people often, to survive, extracted their healthy teeth. The teeth were taken even from dead bodies, on the European war fields. From the bodies of dead soldiers, except clothes and other valuable things, even the healthy teeth were taken. After the battle of Waterloo, 1815, there were so many teeth taken from dead soldiers and then transformed into dental prosthesis that the teeth market was suddenly full of dental prostheses named “Waterloo teeth”.

Source: historyhome.co.uk


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