17 Truly Terrifying Tooth-Related Objects

As if going to the dentist wasn’t scary enough already, you can now augment your odontophobia with a series of nightmare-inducing dental training devices, antique drills and tooth-related objects. Artificial mouths with frighteningly flappy lips and gums, robotic dental mannequins that blink and choke, and dentures you can wear around your wrist are among the horrors found here.

The Scariest Calendar in the History of the World

If you enjoy having nightmares, hang this calendar in a prominent place where you’ll see it right before you go to bed. Made by Practicon, which produces the dental mannequins whose faces are Photoshopped over those of actual human models, the calendar was originally intended only for dental offices and purchasers of their products. But it went viral in late 2012, causing Practicon to release it to the general public.

Frighteningly Lifelike Robotic Dental Patient

Robotic dental patient Showa Hanako 2 has been described as ‘remarkably lifelike,’ which is true if you’re used to looking at people with dead eyes and terrifyingly elastic mouths. She can blink, sneeze, cough and even choke, mimicking many of the natural movements dentists and dental hygienists will have to get used to in real live patients. Showa Hanako 1 was only a little bit less frightening.

Antique Dental Model

This thing looks more like some kind of medieval torture device than a dental learning aid. Antique dental models like this one can be found in shops and on eBay, and they’re all totally unique thanks to the work that’s been done on their teeth, like excisions and gold fillings.

Vintage Dental School Teaching Device

Let’s say you find this yellowed dental school teaching device in an antique store, and figure it would be a cool thing to display on your shelf. Just don’t be surprised when it starts mysteriously moving itself around your home at night, and then appears on the pillow next to you one morning, its teeth chattering like those of that one zombie in the only truly creepy scene of World War Z.

Creepy Dental Training Models

Apparently, eyeless semi-human dental models are a thing. But what makes these ones even more disturbing than the rest is the way their flesh has been stretched back to allow unfettered access to the teeth.

Toothy Dentist Office Waiting Room

If we had one guess, we’d say Japan.

Tooth Tattoos

Some dentists will tell you that they see themselves as ‘teeth artists,’ but none are telling the truth so much as Steve Heward of the Heward Dental Lab in Salt Lake City. This guy will hand-paint crowns before they’re installed in your mouth with tiny lifelike replicas of whatever you desire, for the low cost of $75-$500. Because who doesn’t want a demented-looking David Letterman hiding in their mouth?

Tooth for an Eye

Successfully performed on a number of blind patients now, the osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis procedure involves extracting a patient’s tooth, drilling a hole through it, fitting it with a lens and implanting it in their eye socket so they can see. The purpose of the tooth is to prevent the body from rejecting an artificial base.

5 Terrifying Dental Torture Devices

For those of us accustomed to the comforts of modern medicine – like, oh, anesthesia – the dental days of yore sound like absolute torture. And they probably were. Just look at these five antique dental tools, including one of the oldest known dental drills, a wind-up drill and super fancy-looking forceps. Too bad pretty engraving wasn’t enough to distract patients from the terror of seeing these instruments enter their mouths.

Denture Bracelets

You, too, could have your very own denture bracelet (or denture hair comb!). Sold by Etsy seller Concave Oblivion for $135, the bracelet is disturbingly realistic.

Human Tooth Jewelry by Polly van der Glas

Jeweler Polly van der Glas of Australia sterilizes human teeth and then uses them in place of precious stones in a series of necklaces and rings. “Teeth are particularly difficult to come by, so any donations are gratefully accepted,” she writes on her website.

2 Tooth Mugs

Ceramists Jason Kishell and Lily Su both create teeth mugs that are creepy in their own ways. Kishell’s mugs feature unsettling grins, while Su’s is a 3D-printed replica of teeth around the edge of the mug, providing a very unpleasant sensation of teeth against teeth while drinking. Says Su, “Why is it that we find the cup so unappetizing? Could it have originated from survival tactics where we relate our proximity to another’s teeth as a threat of life, a reminder of predator and prey, poison and contamination? Is this object then successful in its design to prevent gluttonous behavior should food and drink only be offered in the cup?”


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