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MOUTON, Claude.
Essay d'Odontotechnie, ou dissertation sur les dents artificielles. Ou l'on démontre que leur usage n'est ni moins commode, ni moins étendu, que celui des Dents naturelles.
Paris: Antoine Boudet, 1746. First edition. THE FIRST SPECIALIZED BOOK ON DENTAL PROSTHETICS. First edition, rare on the market, of "the first specialized book on dental prosthetics" (G & M), and perhaps the first contribution to what would later be called "cosmetic dentistry." "Mouton, in 1746, ... gave to the light a monograph, the first extant, on mechanical dentistry. The methods of this author for the most part do not differ from those of Fauchard, nevertheless one finds several important innovations in his work. To prevent the further deterioration of teeth already much destroyed, and to preserve them some time longer, Mouton had recourse to the application of "calottes d'or," that is, gold crowns. He used this for the front teeth as well as for the molars, but in the former case he had them enamelled to give them the same appearance as natural teeth. Mouton also invented a new method of applying artificial teeth. Up to then the ordinary method had been that of fixing them to the natural teeth by means of threads passed through holes made in the artificial teeth expressly for that purpose. Mouton is the first to speak of artificial teeth fixed to the natural teeth adjoining them by means of springs or clasps. This author relates having carried out several transplantations with perfect success, a thing that contributed greatly to his renown not only in France, but also in England. He distinguished himself, besides, by the correction of dental irregularities. Lastly, it is to be noted that this author frequently had recourse, as a remedy against toothache, to the stretc … [Click Below for Full Description]
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