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Archimedean dental drill, circa 1860

Archimedean dental drill, circa 1860

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Archimedean dental drill, made from steel, with ivory handles. In early dentistry, drilling was used as a means of excavating decaying parts of the tooth. This type of hand-driven drill was so called because of its spiral mechanism; the spiral principal was discovered by Archimedes (287-212 BC). This drill dates from around 1860, England.

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