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Teeth in the Eighteenth Century and the Tooth Transplant

In the eighteenth century, the professionalisation of dentistry, the free market economy, fashion, and the rise of ‘scientific medicine’ each played a part in proliferating the already established technique of transplanting a tooth from one human mouth to another. This short film for LitSciMed and WellcomeFilm identifies and introduces the contributing factors to the popularisation of the tooth transplant.

A film by Paul Craddock and Jonathan Law. With thanks to the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, and the British Dental Association for their kind permission to film on location and for the use of their collections. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Briony Hudson and Melanie Parker for their contributions.

This film was awarded the first prize in the Wellcome LitSciMed Video Competition.