Anesthesia DevelopmentDentistry got a huge boost in patient comfort with the development of sedation. This was in 1884 with the introduction of nerve block sedation by William Halstead. This was after the discovery and introduction of nitrous oxide and ether anesthesia for sedation and surgery in 1840. With the introduction of Novocain in 1907, dental procedures were now touted as being painless. Sedation soon became part and parcel of dental practice to this day.
Fillings DevelopmentFillings became popular in the 19th century, with the use of tin among others. Silver paste would be used to help preserve the health of diseased teeth by restoring form. The development of the first dental amalgam in 1816 made from a mix of silver and mercury gave way to greater development. This was baked porcelain inlays that filled cavities.
The manufacturing process of silver fillings was also developed further in 1895. Through the 20th century, constant study was done to develop the best bonding and enduring composites. Many of these materials had a polymer base, with some incorporating glass particles within. Every composite has had its strengths and weaknesses. This is especially with bonding and cracking challenges.
The use of mercury in these composites has also been frowned upon, encouraging the search for a safer and more enduring composite. Current developments have new treatment able to initiate accelerated teeth self-healing. This is by causing accelerated movement of minerals to the damaged tooth.
Technology AdvancementTeeth display your aesthetic appeal. The ability to whiten teeth as well as improve appearance make the development of laser treatment, over the counter drugs and pastes, as well as dentures, worth mentioning. These are from the far cry of rubber dams, lights and chemicals that were uncomfortable and ineffective.
Technology-assisted dentistry has also come a long way from the basic x-ray facilities to digital x-rays that not only reduce radiation exposure, but give a better image. This is achieved using computer aided dentistry technology. Diode lasers are now the instrument of choice to detect and remove cavities.
Looking back through the years, you are much better placed to receive safer and more comfortable dental care now. With the way it looks, dental care will only get better and more affordable.