Most people presume dentistry to be a modern innovation, but its roots actually date thousands of years before now. Practiced as far back as 7000 BC, dentistry has developed into a branch of medicine that currently focuses on the study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease related to the mouth, maxilla and face.
Today, common pains related to toothaches, cavities, damaged teeth and their roots can be addressed quickly and with minimal discomfort. At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, we are fortunate to have state-of-the-art technology that enables us to address your dental problems. Yes, we are fortunate to live in a time when we are no longer forced to have a tooth extracted by our barber without any dental anesthesia.
Thousands of years ago, our ancestors felt the need to protect their teeth. By looking at the history of dentistry, you’ll see how far back it dates and the benchmarks that have brought us to this point with our teeth. Those benchmarks include:
- 7000 BC – first evidence of dentistry being practiced in the Indus Valley Civilization
- 5000 BC – early texts describe legend about a “tooth worm” that causes dental cavities
- 3000 BC – a text, written in the 17th century reveals treatment of several dental ailments
- 700 BC – first use of dental appliances evolves from the Etruscans in the way of gold crowns and fixed bridgework
- Middle Ages – dentistry has not yet become a profession and dental procedures are performed by barbers and general physicians
- 500-300 BC – Hippocrates and Aristotle write about the pattern of teeth eruption, treating teeth decay and gum disease, tooth extraction and wires to stabilize loose teeth and fractured jaws
- 1530 – first book focused on dentistry arrives, “Artzney Buchelin”
- 1685 – first dental textbook, “Operator for the Teeth” is written in English by Charles Allen
- 1650 to 1800 – science of modern dentistry develops when French physician Pierre Fauchard starts dental science in the 17th century with developments like dental prosthesis, dental fillings and his findings that sugar derivative acids are responsible for tooth decay
Are you currently suffering from a dental problem that is causing physical or emotional pain? If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry and live in New Jersey, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb today at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville in Morristown, New Jersey.