Dentistry has come a long way since its beginning. The art of modifying one’s teeth have existed for thousands of years, a long time before the formal field of dentistry was established.
As you can imagine, the first dental procedures were done with crude, simplistic tools in dirty, unsanitary conditions. On top of that, there was no such thing as antiseptic, anesthesia or sedation dentistry.
Our teeth are important in allowing us to carry out basic, everyday functions such as eating and speaking. In fact, these two important functions are vital to living.
Those in the past knew how important teeth were and while they didn’t have any dental knowledge or best practices to lean on and follow, they attempted to replace teeth as best they could with what they had.
Unfortunately, dental procedures that are quick, easy, routine and painless today were complex, dangerous, lengthy ordeals that required extensive recovery time.
As the knowledge of dental health and the advancement of technology has improved, so too has the number of tooth replacement options. In the past, you may have been stuck with a missing tooth unless you were wealthy. Nowadays, there are tooth replacement options to suit a variety of circumstances.
The most common modern tooth replacement options include:
- Fixed Bridges
- Removable Partial Dentures
- Full Dentures
Whether you’re missing one tooth or all of your teeth, you can get replacement teeth to restore your lost, beautiful smile.
All these procedures can be found at Park City Dental, a cosmetic dentist in Park City, Utah.
Why We are Thankful for Modern Dentistry
As mentioned earlier, dentistry in the distance past was crude, dangerous, simple and deadly. We have it so good today with modern equipment and supplies, best practice standards and extensive knowledge about oral health.
Here are some specific ways we’re thankful for modern dentistry:
Mandatory formal training and certification of dentist. Every dentist must spend years in dental school. On top of that, they must put in so many hours at their dental school residency before they can get their dentistry diploma. Dentists now have both head knowledge and hands-on experience before they begin practicing dentistry.
Hi-Tech equipment. With the variety of tools, dentists can examine, clean and diagnose areas of teeth they couldn’t before. There are now digital x-rays and 3-D printers that make diagnoses easier, faster and less invasive.
Accessibility of services. The streamlining of services coupled with fast, accurate diagnostic technologies has made the above teeth replacement options a standard service at many dental offices across the U.S. Now, people of all income levels have access to basic dental health and tooth replacement services.
More comfortable environment. Patients today can enjoy comfortable dental chairs, magazine and TV stocked waiting rooms, a calming, soothing dental office environment and clean, neat procedure rooms and waiting rooms.
A better patient experience. The introduction pf antiseptic for killing germs made teeth replacement safer for the patient. Laughing gas and anesthesia has taken away the pain, discomfort and fear of going to the dentist and having a tooth replacement procedure done.
At Park City Dental, we’re not only thankful for modern dentistry, but we also utilize it in our office. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with us to experience fine modern dentistry for yourself.