Dentist Near Me
“Tooth worms” are the
cause of tooth decay. That was the headline of a Sumerian text from around 5,000
B.C.E. Fortunately, the dental industry has evolved since then and we know
“tooth worms” don’t exist. Here’s how dentistry has evolved into the
comfortable, safe, and beneficial science of today.
In the Beginning
Did you know that the
ancient Egyptians had designated doctors for teeth? Evidence has been uncovered
suggesting the Chinese used acupuncture to treat pain associated with tooth
decay as early as 2700 B.C.E.
Additionally, in 500
B.C.E., Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote of treating teeth and oral diseases by
using sterilization procedures and red-hot wires. They also spoke of using
these red-hot wires to stabilize jaw fractures and bind loose teeth.
The Visionary Thoughts
of the 1600s-1700s
According to the
Academy of General Dentistry, the 1600s and 1700s were a gold mine of innovation
in the dental world. In 1695, Charles Allen published the first ever English
dental textbook entitled The Operator of
Teeth. In the book, he advises using a homemade toothpaste from powdered
coal, rose-water, and “dragon’s blood” to keep teeth clean and white. Allen
also suggests using dog’s teeth for transplants and even references wisdom
teeth in his book.
In the 18th century,
Pierre Fauchard was well ahead of his time in the medical practice when his
master work The Surgeon Dentist was
published. For the first time, dentistry was described as a modern profession.
Some notable highlights in the book include sugar being the cause of dental
caries (cavities), braces being used to correct teeth position, and the concept
of a dentist’s chair light.
The Progressive 1800s
The discoveries and
inventions of the 1800s were significant. In 1816, Auguste Taveau developed the
first form of dental fillings made out of silver coins and mercury. In 1840,
Horace Wells demonstrated the use of nitrous oxide to sedate patients and
Thomas Morton employed the use of ether anesthesia for surgery.
That same year, Horace
Hayden and Chapin Harris boosted modern dentistry by opening the first dental
school, inventing the modern doctorate of dental surgery, and starting the
first dental society. By the end of the 1800’s, porcelain inlays, the first
mechanized dental drill, and the toothpaste tube had all been invented.
of the 1900s
development of the 1900s gave birth to some amazing advancements in the dental
industry. Electric drills became available due to the invention of electricity.
In 1907, precision case fillings made by a “lost wax” casting machine was
invented to fill cavities, and Novocain was introduced into US dental offices.
In 1955, Michael
Buonocore described the method of tooth bonding to repair cracked enamel on
teeth. Years later, the first fully-reclining dental chair is introduced to put
patients and dentists at ease. By the 1990s, “invisible” braces were
introduced, along with the first at-home tooth bleaching system.
What Will the Future
of Dentistry Hold?
professionals are investigating the links between oral health and overall
health. The use of gene-mediated therapeutics to alter the genetic structure of
teeth to increase resistance to tooth decay is receiving attention. Some
researchers believe that there may be a way to grow a new tooth structure
around weakened enamel. Only time will tell what the future of dentistry will
bring, but our office is dedicated to seeking the most effective modern
technologies as they arise.
Schedule your visit to our office and experience what modern dentistry can do for you.
5703 Centre Square Drive
Centreville, VA 20120
Phone: (703) 968 7022