This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Dentistry!
- Posted on: Jun 30 2018
It is pretty clear that our way of living today is a far cry from the way our grandparents lived. It is interesting to even consider what life was like a few generations ago. People actually cooked dinner every evening and, if they wanted to contact a loved one across the country, they had to write a letter. Imagine looking even farther back into history and consider what matters of living were like. Every area of life, including dentistry, was far different than it is today. Just for fun, we offer a few examples.
Modern dental fillings, meaning the metal and amalgam restorations that are familiar today, were only developed in the 1800s. That isn’t very long ago in the history of the world. However, it’s all most people know. According to archeological documentation, people were attempting techniques for cavity repair as long as 9,000 years ago. It took thousands of years to progress from primary decay removal (which left holes drilled out of teeth) to the use of beeswax as a filling to, now, the use of the lifelike dental composite.
Cosmetic dentistry may seem like a new trend, but it’s not. Again, we can use archeology to provide us with clues to ancient fads. Yes, they did exist. Some of the physical remains found in research digs have indicated the use of metal wrapped around teeth, presumably to enhance their appearance. Thousands of years later, in the early 1900s, actors would commonly be treated with dental veneers to give them what was quickly called a Hollywood Smile. At that time, however, the bonding technique failed to keep veneers in place very long. Today, porcelain veneers are one of the most popular methods of adding cosmetic value to the smile. Not only do we have quality dental porcelain that looks just like enamel, but the bonding technique used today keeps veneers in place for well over a decade.
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There are so many ways that dentistry has changed over time that we could go on endlessly. Instead, we will invite you to experience the benefits of our high standard of care for yourself. Schedule your visit to our Boca Raton general and cosmetic dentistry office at 561-368-2928.