It is believed that the oldest civilization that knew something of dentistry was Egypt.
The earliest indication of such knowledge is found in the Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus.
The resulting Vulcanite, an inexpensive material easily molded to the mouth, makes an excellent base for false teeth, and is soon adopted for use by dentists.
In closing his discussion on this topic one ancient Egyptian surgeon advises: "One having a fracture of the mandible over which a wound has been inflicted and he has fever from it, it is an ailment not to be treated".
Proving prehistoric man’s ingenuity, researchers have found that dental drilling dates back 9,000 years.
S., opens in Boston, marking the ascendancy of the modern commercial dental laboratory. Credited with making orthodontics a dental specialty, Angle also establishes the first school of orthodontics (Angle School of Orthodontia in St. volume treatise Operative Dentistry, which remains the essential clinical dental text for fifty years.
Black later develops techniques for filling teeth, standardizes operative procedures and instrumentation, develops an improved amalgam, and pioneers the use of visual aids for teaching dentistry.1913 -seven women graduates of the first class are employed by the Bridgeport Board of Education to clean the teeth of school children.
After the edicts, barbers assume the monks’ surgical duties: bloodletting, lancing abscesses, extracting teeth, etc.1210 - The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth (Artzney Buchlein), the first book devoted entirely to dentistry, is published in Germany.
Written for barbers and surgeons who treat the mouth, it covers practical topics such as oral hygiene, tooth extraction, drilling teeth, and placement of gold fillings.1563 -Der Zahnbrecher c.1568 (The 'Toothbreaker').............
quackery was still widespread and charlatans were a common part of rural life.
Only the very wealthy could afford the skilled 'operator for the teeth'.
For many the only option was the village blacksmith and tooth drawer offering painful extractions.
1575 - In France Ambrose Pare, known as the Father of Surgery, publishes his Complete Works.
She is represented in art with pincers in which a tooth is held Evidence of ancient dentistry has recently been found in a Neolithic graveyard in ancient Pakistan.