Dental pelican with a wooden handle, France, 1550–1750

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Dental pelican with a wooden handle, France, 1550–1750. Dental pelicans are so-called because they resemble a pelican’s beak. The instruments were used for tooth pulling – the tooth was removed sideways. The claw was placed over the top of the tooth, and the fulcrum, the semi-circular piece at the end, was placed against the gum. The pressure from the lever would remove the tooth. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: c6hhxtxy.

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