In some ways, human history can be conceived as a chronicle of medicine. We find new ways to hurt ourselves, then find new ways to heal the hurt, and we continue on. Dentistry is no exception. Though our distant ancestors didn’t have access to nearly the quality of dental work that modern residents of Philadelphia do, there’s ample evidence that dentists were practicing thousands of years before we even conceived of writing things down.
We have found evidence of dental drilling that dates back to 7,000 BC. One can imagine how unpleasant a trip to the dentist must have been at that point.
Many famous men and women have suffered from significant dental ailments, and this led to dentistry becoming a topic of conversation for the likes of Aristotle and Hippocrates. Dentists in the age of classical Greece spent decades thinking on how they would treat gum disease.
Records indicate that the Greeks, Romans and ancient Egyptians all devised crude dental implants to replace lost teeth.
During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, “dentists” as we know them today didn’t really exist. Instead, barbers often handled tasks like the removal of teeth and the treatment of jaw pain. Certainly there was nothing like the modern Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies, where Dr. Lindsey Marshall studied aesthetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry after graduating from dental school.
Even more than changes in technology or ethics, the biggest evolution in dentistry is, perhaps, the recognition that it is an autonomous branch of medicine, worthy of being regarded as such. Where once barbers pulled teeth, modern dentists go through rigorous education and training.
If you’re a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and you’re looking for an experienced dentist, please contact Dr. Lindsey Marshall, DMD, to arrange a consultation.