Waterloo teeth were teeth snatched from dead soldiers from the Napoleonic, Crimean and American Civil Wars. Although these dentures were more comfortable than those worn by George Washington, it’s unsavory origins didn’t sit well with the toothless upper class.
They would eventually rot, turn brown and become rancid. Worse - people would be infected by contagious diseases such as syphilis from these things. Rich people at this time preferred teeth made of silver, gold, mother of pearl or agate.
Your car tires and your dentures have a common ancestor
1952 marks the origins of dental implants where an orthopedic surgeon discovered osseointegration. With a titanium cylinder inserted into bone to study bone healing, he noted the titanium grew into the bone. This discovery became the basis for the dental implant.
Photo: 4 on 1 Prosthesis