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This large and ornately decorated dental instrument set may have been made for an exhibition. It has six layers of instruments, most of which have mother-of-pearl handles with an amber inlay. The instruments include dental keys, dental forceps for tooth pulling and dental descalers to remove plaque and deposits from the teeth. It is a large chest measuring 430 mm long and weighing 13.11 kg.

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Glossary: dental instrument set

Set of dental instruments

Glossary: dental forceps

Forceps used specifically to remove teeth.

Glossary: tooth pulling

The removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are also routinely performed.

Glossary: dentistry

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

Glossary: dental key

Used in dentistry to remove diseased teeth. The dental key’s ‘claw’ would be tightened over a tooth. The instrument was then rotated to loosen the tooth. This often resulted in the tooth breaking, causing jaw fractures and soft tissue damage. It has been replaced by modern forceps.