Cosmetic Dentistry Trends
Many may not be aware that dentistry is a very old practice. The ancient Egyptians wrote a manual about how to fix mouth wounds that was written sometime before 3000 B.C. They would even tend to cavities and remove teeth. The ancient Greeks discussed dental care, as well, and would place cloths soaked with medicine in the mouth to relieve symptoms. Fortunately, we have learned a considerable amount since these times, and have developed very useful technology, so our dental practices are a lot more efficient, and a lot less painful.
If you visit your dentist today to treat a cavity, there is a very safe and developed process that will occur. Anesthesia will be administered so that the cavity can be accessed and the hole can be filled with the material of your choice. These include gold, silver amalgam, porcelain, and composite resin. We even cover the tooth with a crown to make sure that the tooth is protected in the future. In the past, we did not have any real way to replace missing teeth, unless you count the time a woman in 600 A.D. jammed pieces of shells into her gums. Today, use titanium as the base for artificial tooth implants, which we have discovered can fuse with the jawbone without causing infection. Dental bridges and dentures are also used to replace teeth.
And where people of the past more or less had to deal with it if their teeth became dark or yellow, we have teeth whitening treatments. Your cosmetic dentist can apply a safe gel onto your teeth, and you will walk out of their office with a bright new smile.
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