Dental Drill


Ultrasonic dental handpiece invented by Lewis Balamuth and Arthur Kuris (1913-2000). Cavitron Ultrasonics, Inc., a New York firm with a factory in Long Island City, donated it to the Smithsonian in 1963.

Ref: Lewis Balamuth and Arthur Kuris, “Dental Instrument,” U.S. Patent 3,075,288 (Jan. 29, 1963), assigned to Cavitron Ultrasonics, Inc.

“Patented Ultrasonic Unit Cleans Teeth Painlessly,” New York Times (Feb. 9, 1963), p. 9.

Lewis Balamuth, “Ultrasonics and Dentistry,” Sound (1963): 15-.

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-10466Accession Number: 250505Catalog Number: M-10466

Object Name: Dental Drill

Measurements: overall: 8 in; x 20.32 cm


Record Id: nmah_1402302

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