False teeth of the Roman world

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The history of dental implants has been looked at before1,2,3,4 but there have been no documented cases of a functional implant from ancient times. We report here a wrought iron dental implant of a right second upper premolar from a Gallo-Roman necropolis at Chantambre (Essonne, France), from the first or second century AD. The implant and the socket fit perfectly together and the osseointegration appears viable.

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Figure 1: Details of the false tooth.

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