An exhibition of equipment and techniques used in the 1800's caused mirth among the 1,700 dentists from 106 different countries gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, Aug 17 for the opening session of a three-day international Dental Congress.
GV. Congress building.
CU. Forceps made by blacksmith in 1819.
CU. Forceps made in 1801.
CV. Old time dentist lights operation lamp made in 1809.
MV. Moves and focuses lamp on patient.
MV. Inserts hand-operated drill in patient's mouth.
CV. Operating drill.
CU. Patient registering pain during drilling.
CU. Patient's clenched hands.
CV. Dentist inserts hook-like instrument in patient's mouth.
CU. Inserts clamp forceps in mouth - extracts tooth.
CU. Dentist's foot operates control of old-time drill.
CU. dentist using drill.
CU. English drill (clockwork) made in 1806, in dentist's hands, being wound.
CU. Drill inserted in patient's mouth and withdrawn after few seconds.
MV. Modern dentist swings equipment to front of seated patient.
CV Patient rises at touch of button.
CU. Patient rising to desired level.
CV. Dentist pulls out instrument on flexible lead and demonstrates, replaces and draws water jet instrument from panel.
CV. Jet demonstrated.
CU. Spittoon descends, patient rinses mouth.
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Background: An exhibition of equipment and techniques used in the 1800's caused mirth among the 1,700 dentists from 106 different countries gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, Aug 17 for the opening session of a three-day international Dental Congress.
Although it may seem funny to modern dentists equipped with the latest atomic-age products, it certainly was not funny for the agony-stricken patient when the dentist of the day got busy with crude instruments made on the local blacksmith's forge.
Foot-operated and clockwork drills, iron forceps and an essential strong right arm contrast sharply with the modern hydraulic chair, automatic mouth rinse, and battery of sleek drills and extractors in the exhibition arranged by Swedish Dental Society.
During the Congress, dentists will exchange information on individually developed techniques, discuss the latest equipment and discoveries. An American dentist will demonstrative hypnosis as a pain-killing aid, while a French dentist will illustrate the benefits he obtains by distracting the patient attention with high-fidelity recorded music.