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Denture made from human teeth found in Tuscany


A denture dating back to between the 14th-17th centuries has been found in a family tomb in Tuscany.

One member of the team, Dr Simona Minozzi, said: “Although there are descriptions of similar objects in texts from the period, there is no known archaeological evidence. The dentures found in the tomb are the first example of dentures from this historical period, and as such are a valuable addition to the history of dentistry.”

The set, pictured above, is made up of five teeth – canines and incisors – covered in a layer of metal. The archaeologists believe the teeth originally belonged to different people, and were connected to each other and the wearer’s lower gums with a strip of gold.

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