Dental pelican for tooth pulling, Europe, 1701–1800

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Dental pelican for tooth pulling, Europe, 1701–1800. Dental pelicans are so-called because they supposedly resemble the shape of a pelican’s beak. They are believed to date back to the 1300s and are among the very earliest instruments designed to remove teeth. There are many variations in the design of these simple instruments and this is an example of a double-ended pelican. The tooth was removed sideways after the claw was placed over the top of the tooth and the fulcrum, the semi-circular piece of metal at the end, was placed against the gum. The pressure from the lever was intended to remove the tooth. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: k93xbzzq.

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