Excerpt from The Dental Cosmos, 1869, Vol. 11: A Monthly Record of Dental Science
Having thus carefully selected our wood, it should be sawed into blocks three or four inches long. It will be noted that between each concentric circle, which indicates a year's growth of the tree, is an interstitial space of a more porous structure. In Splitting these blocks into sticks for pivots, we must Split through these porous Spaces. This will enable us to file or scrape away all the soft porous wood, leaving only the densest portion of which to form pivots. These sticks are to be made round with the knife or file, and then condensed by being drawn. Through a wire-plate. Such pivots as these, used straight, as they always should be, I venture to assert are stronger and more durable than any mongrel kind of wood and gold. The commercial pivot wood sold. At our dental depots is not always quite what it should be, and any dentist who means to use the best may prepare it himself.
All this is preliminary to our object - the insertion of the tooth. Select one of the right size, form, and color. This is very easily written, like the direction in the cook-book, how to cook a rabbit. First, catch the rabbit. But like that, it is sometimes very difficult to do, and the patience is often exhausted before the taste is satisfied.
Those dentists who manufacture the teeth they use are no worse off than ever. But those of us who buy them, find on sale an Old stock, consisting chieﬂy of venerable relics that have been in the market and familiar to our eyes for a generation. Few new teeth of this class are manufactured, and no improvement is made. This is not solely the fault of the manufacturer. If the profession demanded anything better it would come. But the sale is so small, that it does not pay to keep a large stock on hand.
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