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Partial upper and lower denture, London, England, 1856-1880

The lower plate of this denture is made of ivory. It is attached to the silver alloy upper plate by coil springs. The lower plate has been repaired at some point. It possibly pre-dates the upper one. The front teeth on the upper plate are made of porcelain. Porcelain eventually replaced human teeth and ivory in dentures. The first individual porcelain teeth were made by Italian dentist Guiseppangelo Fonzi (1768-1840) in 1808.

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