Dental Innovations Throughout History
At Serenity Dental Studio, we utilize modern dental techniques, tools, and technology to deliver efficient care to our valued patients! We are grateful for the healthcare professionals and researchers before us who made huge advances in the field of dentistry. Here are some ways dentistry has evolved through time.
In 1833, the Crawcour brothers introduced amalgam filling material, or silver fillings, to repair tooth decay in the United States. Although durable and affordable, it has been discovered that amalgam fillings may pose a health risk to certain populations due to mercury exposure. Nowadays, tooth-colored composite fillings are preferred for looks and ultimate safety.
In 1846, Dr. William Morton was the first person to publicly and successfully perform oral surgery on a patient administered diethyl ether anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital. While ether is now obsolete, its early use prompted other healthcare professionals to experiment with anesthesia for surgical procedures.
In 1905, a German chemist named Alfred Einhorn created a safer anesthetic alternative to cocaine called procaine, patented as Novocain. It was used to numb areas of the mouth. Its invention and use later led to the production of Lidocaine, a numbing agent with fewer side effects.
In 1895, mechanical engineer and physicist Wilhelm Röntgen accidentally discovered X-rays, for which he won the Nobel Prize in Physics. His accidental discovery has aided in diagnosing and treating dental problems not noticeable to the naked eye. Radiation exposure, which can increase the risk of cancer, is very low with modern dental X-rays. Additionally, X-rays are only taken when necessary and patients wear lead coverings to minimize exposure.
Modern Dental Care at Serenity Dental Studio
Innovations by these professionals and others have made it possible for us to provide comprehensive, modern dental care! Our team offers a range of services and payment options. Contact us today to schedule a visit. We look forward to caring for your smile!