Dentistry in the 1900s: A Brief Timeline

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Humans have been caring for their teeth for at least 14,000 years, but it wasn’t until the last 300 years or so that most of the advances in dentistry came into being. The 20th century, in particular, was one of enormous advances in dental technology. Here’s a brief timeline:

1903: An American dentist named Dr. Charles Land creates the first porcelain jacket crown.
1905: Alfred Einhorn, a German chemist, crafts the formula for the anesthetic later named Novocaine.
1908: Greene Vardiman Black, a veritable giant in the field of dentistry, publishes an extremely influential two-volume treatise called Operative Dentistry. Later he outlines the treatment process for fillings, helps to regulate dental operating procedures and offers other vital contributions.
1913: Dr. Alfred Fones, often called “The Father of Dental Hygiene”, opens Fones Clinic for Dental Hygienists, the world’s first dental hygiene school in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
1937: Dr. Alvin Stock successfully installs the first dental implant.
1938: The first toothbrush with synthetic nylon bristles appears in stores.
1949: A Swiss chemist by the name of Oskar Haggar bonds acrylic resin to dentin, a process used in many dental treatments.
1950: Fluoride toothpaste is sold for the first time.
1960: Dentists start using lasers to treat periodontal disease.
1989: Home tooth-whitening products first emerge on the market.
1990: The development of tooth colored restoration procedures and teeth whitening lead to an era of cosmetic dentistry.
1997: The YAG laser is approved to treat cavities.

Oconee Dental, PC is thankful for the efforts and genius of pioneers in the dental industry. Without them, our business could not exist the way it does today. Want to experience the benefits of modern dentistry with Dr. DeAnn Harmon-Smith and her expert team in Watkinsville, Georgia? Just call 706-769-1659 to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.