The Evolution of Dental Technology

bright-smile1Dental technology has come a long way thanks to modern advances. When you visit Ted French, DDS, you can expect only the best in dental care practice and dental tools used by this Arlington dentist. Look back in history and you can really appreciate how far the field of dentistry has come.

The History of Dental Technology Dates Back to BC

Dig through time back to the year 7000 BC for a startling find. Archaeologists actually discovered drilled holes in the teeth of a skull in Pakistan. By 1000 BC, people believed worms caused tooth decay. Further advances in dental hygiene and technology were evident from 400 BC in the form of a basic bridge unearthed in Phoenecia. The Greek greats, Hippocrates and Aristotle, studied dentistry as well as medicine. Roman doctors filled teeth with a mixture of lead and linen before performing removals. The Native Americans, including the Aztecs and Mayans, and also exhibited early efforts to care for their teeth, perform extractions, and create fillings out many types of substances.

Moving Forward to AD

The field of dental hygiene grew in leaps and bounds with the development of the toothbrush. By the 500 AD, the people of India brushed their teeth with twigs, while China designed toothbrushes and fillings that used mercury mixed with silver and tin. A thousand years later, dental universities were established during the Renaissance as dentistry finally became a science. The formation of gold teeth and dentures, made from porcelain and ivory, became common. Charles Goodyear made his mark on dentistry through the creation of Vulcanite. Based on vulcanized rubber, it became the next foundation for dentures. Dental technician Samuel Supplee made groundbreaking developments in bridges and crowns made of gold in the late 1800’s.

Dentistry Today

Today, exciting new equipment and materials have revolutionized the field of dentistry. From advances in imagery, to modern methods of restoration, you can enjoy the best in dental care. Experience some of the latest developments when you see Ted French, DDS. Call for an appointment with Dr. French today at (817) 461-2843.

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