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Be Thankful These Ancient Dental Practices Are Outdated

 local dentistOdontophobia, or fear of the dentist, is still going strong, and — in fact — it is listed as a legitimate phobia and mental condition in The Diagnostical and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. New technologies, however, should help most patients overcome their fears. Soon, traditional, whirring drills may be replaced by gentle, non-invasive lasers, and dentists will be able to create dental impressions using a digital wand and 3D imaging, instead of the infamous, cement-y goop.

If that doesn’t do it, putting things into perspective may help. Even the most rudimentary dentistry today is gentle (and almost coddling!) in comparison to some of ancient, nearly barbaric dental practices. Local dentists tell us what tools and procedures were commonplace hundreds of years ago.

Back Then, Dentists Didn’t Ask
Today, local dentists and patients have mutual respect. Local dentists know that even the most affordable cosmetic dentistry may entail budgeting and financing, and they typically respect that with caring and effective dental cleanings and surgeries. For example, dentists ask patients to say, “Ahh” or keep their mouths open. That was not the case in the 1500s. At the time, even family dental care entailed the use of a dental gag, which pried patients’ mouths open for their entire visit.

Feel Thankful For Today’s Full And Mini Dental Implants
Today, dental implants typically consist of a metal alloy. Dentists place standard implants into the jaw and gums and the jaw heals over the next six to 12 weeks, fastening the implant into place. And, even if it doesn’t sound like it, it’s relatively painless. In the 1700s, some dentists actually used other human teeth to replace any gaps in patients’ jaws. They usually tied them to other teeth with string — and, as you can imagine, it wasn’t altogether effective. These human tooth implants often fell out in a few months’ time.

Almost all (99%) of Americans think dazzling white teeth are an important asset in social situations — but that still doesn’t stop quite a few Americans from nervously avoiding the dentist. Remember, dental practices are getting increasingly gentle — with non-invasive lasers practically a godsend compared to the barbaric tools from centuries before.