Cosmetic Dentistry in Ancient Times

Cosmetic Dentistry has certainly come a long way over the years with dental implants, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, and invisible braces at the top of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in the world. People all over the globe are using cosmetic dentistry to give them a dazzling smile. However, cosmetic dentistry is anything but new.

Early Dentistry

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, cosmetic dentistry can be traced back to ancient times with archaeologists discovering skulls from Egypt and Ancient Rome that appear to have had dental implants.

Replacement Teeth

Just like modern day dental implants, that osseo-integration to the jawbone, ancient cosmetic dentists used shells, animal teeth, human teeth, and semi precious gems to replace missing teeth.

Reconstructive Dentistry

However, it wasn’t just dental implants that the ancient civilizations used. Ancient dentists used reconstruction methods for fillings and loose teeth that were effective and reliable. Filler agents, such as ground barley mixed with honey or okra were used to fill cavities with tooth splints made from wire used to the tooth or teeth in place. Scientists who performed CT scans of an Egyptian mummy dating back 2,100 years found cavities filled with linen mixed with cedar oil or fig juice.

Early dental bridges consisted of lost teeth reattached to the surrounding and abutment teeth with silver or gold wire. Research dental scientists are unsure if the dental bridges were made during life or to tidy up for burial.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Just like the Rap and Hip Hop artists of today, the Mayans are considered cosmetic dentistry masters. Mayan dentists would decorate front teeth with precious stones, or with carved grooves and notches. Tiny holes would be drilled in the tooth to make way for jade, turquoise, lapis and other gems. The shiny stones would be attached with natural resins such as sap or honey that were mixed with crushed bones.

Cosmetic Dentistry has certainly come a long with Dr. Ivan Smiles giving people a beautiful smile with modern day dental implants, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, clear removable braces, and tooth whitening.

If you would like a beautiful new grin, call or click and talk to Dr. Ivan Smiles. You really can have a camera-ready smile. Call or click now.