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Often, we don’t give our ancient ancestors enough credit.
When we look at achievements like the Pyramids at Giza, the huge, advanced societies of the ancient far East, or the astonishing engineering feats of the Romans, we wonder how they could have possibly done it without modern tools and knowledge. However, humans have always been intensely curious and resourceful, so these accomplishments shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
Many of us have similar ideas on a much smaller scale. For example, would you believe that there have been skilled and knowledgeable dentists for 2,500 years? What about for 9,000 years? In fact, both are true! Working with drill bits tipped with hard stones like flint and obsidian, these ancient dentists not only attempted to fix dental problems, but also performed purely cosmetic dentistry procedures.
For example, in this article in National Geographic, the author points out that the ancient equivalent of “grills” were an extremely popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in Central America long before Nelly came to St. Louis and started singing about them. In the picture provided of a recovered skull, you can clearly see stones fitted into the teeth of this person, in addition to some grooves which had been filed out purely for cosmetic purposes.
While this example of 2,500 year-old cosmetic dentistry is impressive in itself, the researchers involved with the dig also have evidence to determine that the dentists also had enough knowledge to know how far to drill into the tooth as not to reach the sensitive pulp, cause a dangerous infection, or risk cracking the tooth.
We can only guess this knowledge was gained through extremely painful trial and error. Luckily, technology has improved in this area as well! Additionally, there are of course many cosmetic dentistry options these days designed to make your teeth look more naturally healthy, such as whitening, veneers, bonding, Invisalign, and more.
If you would like to improve your smile in a less ornamental way—and without any pain—contact experienced St. Louis cosmetic dentist Dr. Schuman today either by filling out our online form or by calling (314) 200-0378.