Technological Advances Through The Years

Dental implants and dentures that are offered by affordable dental solutions are products of technological advances through the years. Technology has always been a core component of the dental industry since the early medieval ages. Necessity is the mother of invention and technology responded with new techniques, some are still being used today.

Pierre Fauchard who is considered as the father of dentistry made a compilation of scientific knowledge in dentistry during the turn of the 18th century. The manuscript included the use of carved ivory obturators with attached teeth for patients with cleft palates. Also included in the manuscript is a description of new prosthodontic devices to replace missing teeth.

Dr. Horace Wells, a dentist from Connecticut is credited for the use of anaesthesia in dentistry. He was the first patient who had his tooth extracted under nitrous oxide anaesthesia. It set the stage for painless surgery in the United States and the rest of the world.

Subsequent technological advances were not as impactful but they made dentistry a well respected profession. Amalgam was invented as a material for tooth restoration and became the material of choice for the past 180 years. Recently, amalgam was replaced by high fracture-resistant aesthetic bonding materials.

In the mid-19th century, dentures were made from ivory, hippopotamus and human teeth until it was replaced by new technology called vulcanized rubber that was made from hardening the resin of rubber tree.

The dental drill was one of the major breakthroughs that speeded up the removal of decayed tissues. Later on, the foot pedal-operated pneumatic drill was invented. After 7 years, it was patented as electric drill.

The first toothbrush prototype was invented by William Addis, an Englishman. It was mass produced for commercial use. Dr. Washington Wentworth Sheffield invented the toothpaste. He also came up with the idea of collapsible tube.

Highly advanced and efficient treatment options are offered by for a price that suits the budget of most patients. Costs are kept low so that all patients will have access to advanced treatments like dental implants, dentures, crowns, full mouth restoration and crowns. State-of-the-art technology is used in all the dental procedures.