The Boy with the Golden Tooth: A 1593 case report of the first molded gold crown

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The case of the Boy with the Golden Tooth, a "miracle" in a remote village in Silesia, in what is today southwestern Poland, was reported extensively in 1593. Here we report that the hoax, perpetrated by someone close to the family and with knowledge of goldsmith techniques, is the first documented case of the use of a molded gold crown. Using period instruments available to goldsmiths and a 0.001" copper sheet, we reproduced, on a plastic pediatric model, what the gold crown could have looked like.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-11
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of dental research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 10 2009



  • Crown
  • Gold
  • Jacob Horst
  • Tooth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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