Dentistry Sure Isn’t What It Used to Be!

Preventative Dentistry Clear Lake, TXMost of us don’t tend to consider what the world was like before our lifetime. There may not seem to be much value in observing history. However, it can be somewhat entertaining. In some instances, looking back can show us just how far we’ve come. The field of dentistry is no exception. You don’t have to be a dentist to be interested in how the growth of dentistry has progressed and what that progression means for today’s dental patients. Let’s take a look.

Out with the Old, In with the New

Tooth loss is a valid instance of “out with the old.” When teeth become severely decayed and affected by oral inflammation, they cannot function at full capacity. Chewing and speaking and even sleeping are challenged by extensive oral disease. Historically, teeth that were extremely damaged have been pulled or allowed to fall out. The concept of replacing missing teeth with dentures originated in northern Italy in 700BC. However, the animal teeth that were used as prosthetics wore down too quickly for this to be a successful method of treatment.

From the early Etruscan civilization to today, we’ve gone through several transitions in how we replace missing teeth. Dentures have been vastly improved, though they still fall short of the highest function. Fortunately, innovation has brought us dental implants, tiny titanium posts that can replace roots and secure the appropriate crown or bridge.

Minor Damage, Major Breakthroughs

Most of the dental treatments that are performed routinely revolve around minor tooth damage caused by decay. Tooth fillings have also been around since ancient times, according to archeological studies. While prehistoric humans may have had decay removed, there may have been no filling inserted to fortify structure. Today, we have multiple ways to repair damaged teeth. Minor damage can be quickly and discreetly corrected with a tooth-colored composite material. The durable, lifelike composite of quartz and resin is gentler to teeth than amalgam because it exerts no outward pressure when placed into a prepared cavity.

These are just two of several instances that demonstrate the value of dental innovation. From same-day crowns to porcelain veneers to preventive care, we are proud to provide a high standard of care to patients of our Houston office. To schedule your visit, call (281) 486-8061.

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