From ancient roots to modern times
Dentistry in one form or another has been practised since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians were drilling teeth – presumably to drain abscesses – as far back as 2900 BCE.
Historians have also found evidence of dental implants dating from 600 BCE in Lebanon, and rudimentary bridges and gold dental crowns were innovated by the Etruscans in 500 BCE. Across China and South Asia, there is also evidence of ancient dental practices using silver amalgam fillings, and early Arabic physicians developed the science of scaling and cleaning the teeth.
Throughout human history, oral health has continued to develop and grow with new ideas and expertise. However, it was in the 20th and 21st centuries that oral health truly leapt forward, with new technology and discoveries leading to our insight, understanding, and full range of treatments today.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most important oral health innovations and discoveries from the last century. From new ideas on everyday oral health to jaw-dropping dental breakthroughs, each one contributes to a healthier and more confident smile at every stage of life.