Dentistry in the 21st Century: How we have changed!

September 6, 2018

Oral diseases are as old as man. Already in the first civilizations, somewhat rudimentary solutions were sought and found to alleviate the pain produced by dental diseases. There is evidence that the Egyptians carried out dental treatments using wires to stabilize jaw fractures or to tie up lost teeth and as a method of sterilization they used fire.

La odontología en el S.XXI: ¡Cómo hemos cambiado!

They certainly did not lack ingenuity, even for practising cosmetic dentistry as they decorated their teeth by inlaying precious stones into the enamel. Later, the Etruscans and the Phoenicians used gold bands and wires for the construction of dental prostheses. They placed the extracted teeth on the bands and held them in the mouth with the wires.

Many years later, barbers took over, and in their barber shops, they performed dental extractions and other procedures while shaving or cutting the hair of their masters. I wonder if the ladies also went to these places…

Pharmacists were responsible for prescribing herbal remedies for toothache, nor was there any preventive care. The treatment in those days was basically to extract the sick tooth. In fact when George Washington became the first president of the USA in 1789, he only had one natural tooth in his mouth.

Fortunately dentistry has undergone such an evolution that it is at least astounding what we can achieve today thanks to technology and of course the whole history of medicine.

Today, the passage through the dentist is pleasant, dentistry has been humanized to such an extent that the patient participates in the design of his own smile. There is an awareness of prevention, digital diagnosis, invisible orthodontics, conscious sedation, immediate implantology and, bearing in mind that the materials used are of the highest quality as well as being biocompatible with the organism, we are talking about living in an era of excellence in the world of dentistry.

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