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Wartime dentistry: dental technician in Italy, Second World War (3rd of 3)

Wartime dentistry: dental technician in Italy, Second World War

F. W. Ward, a dental mechanic from Blenheim in the New Zealand Mobile Dental Unit, works on a set of false teeth in a tent in Italy in September 1944. Dental technicians provided a crucial service for servicemen during the Second World War, as many soldiers had false teeth and repairs were often necessary. Sometimes extractions required the fitting of new sets of false teeth.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (DA-01514)
Reference: DA-06629-F
Photograph by George Kaye

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Andrew Schmidt and Susan Moffat, 'Dental care - Wartime and state-supported dental care', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30588/wartime-dentistry-dental-technician-in-italy-second-world-war (accessed 28 October 2021)

Story by Andrew Schmidt and Susan Moffat, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 6 Nov 2018