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Treadle operated drill, London, England, 1925-1940

Dental drills are used by dentists to remove decaying tooth matter, usually before inserting a filling. Powered by a foot pedal, this type of dental drill (in the foreground) was invented by James B Morrison (1829-1917) in 1871, although this one was made rather later. This example was made by the Amalgamated Dental Co. Ltd. It is shown here within a display about dentists in the 1890s.

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    The study, treatment and management of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, gums, teeth and their supporting tissues.

    Glossary: dental drill

    A rotary power-driven instrument into which cutting points may be inserted. Used to remove decay from teeth.