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Musée d'Art Dentaire - Musée Pierre Fauchard

It was in the year 1879 that five young dentists decided to creat the circle of dentists in Paris and then, in the following year, the first dentist school in France was set up in Paris.

The Musée d'Art Dentaire was set up to display old techniques and tools within the very primitive dentistry times and by 1892 there were around 300 items in the collection. 

In 1937, the museum took the name of Musée Pierre Fauchard in order to honour the founding father of the dentistry occupation, who practised in the late 1600's through to his death in 1763.

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Musée d'Art Dentaire - Musée Pierre Fauchard

The prestigious heritage of dentistry and the many items that were held within the museum were presented as a gift to the Hospitals of Paris by the School of Dental Paris at its termination in 2001 and since the spring of 2003, the Musée de l'Assistance Publique (Hospitals of Paris), has played host to the old Musée Pierre Fauchard.

Within the museum collection there are antique books, instruments and items for the cleaning and extraction of teeth, prosthetics, dental chairs, even paintings and etchings.

One of the most rare items within the collection is the original edition of a book by Pierre Fauchard that was called The dentist or dental Treaty and was published within Paris in 1728.

Another incredible item within the museums collection is that of a box, which contains surgical instruments and is known as the Charles X case. It is a large wooden box decorated with roses and circled by brass decorative elements that was manufactured in the United States of America during the middle of the 19th century.  The various drawers present a total of 130 instruments for the removal and extraction of teeth, as well as care for caries.

There are collections of paintings from the 17th century, furniture and instruments from the 17th century to 19th century and antique books that go from the 16th century through to the 19th century and the entire museum collection contains over 1000 different items although the most prolific are the tools for extracting teeth which amount to around 350 items.

Unfortunately, the museum is only open by appointment and is closed during the school holidays.

Address & Contact Details:

Musée d'Art Dentaire - Musée Pierre Fauchard
at the Academie Nationale de Chirurgie Dentaire
22 Rue Emile Ménier

Telephone: 1 45 53 40 05

Musée Pierre Fauchard

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