The History of Dentistry

The History of Dentistry

  • How to Prepare For a Dental Emergency on Holiday

    Having a dental emergency on holiday, whether it's a chipped tooth or an infection, can be a nightmare. However, there are a few things you can do to prepare that will make any emergency less stressful and panic-inducing. Know What Counts as an Emergency The first thing you can do to prepare for a potential dental emergency is to know what counts as an emergency. Knowing what's an emergency will prevent you from wasting precious holiday time seeking out a dentist and will also ensure you see a dentist when you need to and therefore prevent further damage to your teeth.

  • Why Take Antibiotics Before Root Canal Treatment?

    If you need root canal treatment, then your dentist might prescribe antibiotics first. They might ask you to start taking the medication for a few days before they schedule your procedure. Why does your dentist want you to do this? You Have a Lot of Swelling If your tooth has a significant abscess, then you are likely to be in some pain. The area around the infected site will also be swollen and sore.

  • Denture Relines Explained

    If you wear dentures, you'll be aware that the denture base needs to be well-fitting in order for your dentures to be comfortable and to allow you to speak and eat normally. On occasion, you may need a denture reline. This involves having new material added to the underside of your dentures to resolve any issues with how they fit around your gums. Requiring a reline is quite common and may be needed due to natural changes to your gum tissue or jaw structure.

  • Dental Emergencies: What Qualifies and How to Respond

    Dental emergencies are not something that many people want to deal with, but they can happen to anyone. They can sometimes be frightening and often occur without warning. Take a look at two issues that qualify as dental emergencies and how to respond when they occur. Sudden or Unexplained Toothache A toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies. It can be caused by several things, from cavities to gum disease.

  • Getting Used to a New Dental Bridge: What to Expect

    Although your dentist will explain the details of your new dental prosthesis, you might be wondering why a traditional dental bridge is in fact called a bridge. Designed to replace one or more missing teeth, a traditional bridge consists of a series of prosthetic teeth, connected to reinforced natural teeth at both ends of the gap (known as abutment teeth). The gap is being bridged, hence the name of the appliance.

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    The History of Dentistry

    Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved stories about the past. Whether the stories were about horses, wars, exploration or even dentistry, I loved to hear them. I find that knowing the history of something helps it to make sense and feel approachable. I know that some people have dental anxiety, and I too have suffered, but I also feel like the more you know about dental work and its history, the easier it is. This blog is dedicated to exploring the history of dentistry – What did ancient people use for fillings? How did early dentists numb their patients? Who was the first dentist? Those are just some of the questions I plan to answer here. Ready? Okay, let's dive into the history of dentistry together!