By Alison Majikes / Special to

WARNING: this post may haunt your dreams.

If you’ve never been to dental school, you’ve probably wondered how up-and-coming dentists perfected their skills that make them the wonderful doctors they are today.

A plastic skull? A cadaver? A life-like model of real teeth? Live patients?

Well, if you thought it may be any of those options, you are sorely mistaken. In most cases it’s thanks to dental mannequins. Just in case you weren’t aware, dental mannequins are some of the most terrifying looking mannequins you will ever lay your eyes on.

Avert your pupils from this post if you suffer from automantonphobia (the fear of ventriloquist dummies, animatronic creatures, mannequins and wax statues). I couldn’t even look at them myself while I was writing this.

After looking through the photos on First To Know and Buzzfeed, I’m not sure if these mannequins are specifically made for dental students or they just recycle them after they’ve been used for the latest horror film.

Go ahead, take a look for yourself, but don’t say I didn’t warn you: