Dentistry as a skill dates back as far as 7000 B.C. It actually encompasses much more than working on teeth. In a wider application, it is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the mouth. This is because it is proven that the health of the mouth can affect overall health.
Fortunately for modern man, dentistry has changed over the years. The ages of pulling teeth with little or no anesthetic are gone. Today dentists are concerned with the comfort of their patients as well as their health. There is also a strong tendency toward the improvement of facial appearance.
Here are some ways that dentistry as an occupation has been transformed by the needs of modern life.
Instead of dental work being carried out by a single person, today there is usually a team involved. Dentists work with assistants, hygienists, technicians and therapists. As with other areas of medicine, for the patient this means that there is a higher degree of education and experience involved within each specialization. Course requirements to become licensed are geared individually toward the career specialization chosen.
Because of the fear most people have of dentists, there has been a strong emphasis on providing a comfortable atmosphere. A relaxing reception area is included, and the treatment office itself can contain television or radio to soothe the patient. Dental equipment is relatively quiet so that the patient will not be distracted by loud drilling noises.
For the person who is nonetheless terrified of going to a dentist, there are now more options than ever. There are dentists who advertise solely on the ability to be gentle, and some offer sedation dentistry, utilizing nitrous oxide, injection or intravenous methods. There is even something called “twilight anesthesia”, which causes the patient to forget the entire treatment, as well as the immediate aftermath.
Emphasis On A Better Appearance
Today’s dentist offers such options as teeth whitening and dental implants to improve the appearance of the mouth. Broken teeth can be covered by tooth caps colored to blend in with other teeth. False teeth are fitted to the mouth and designed to be almost imperceptible to onlookers.
Dentistry has come a long way from what it used to be, and we can all be happy about the results.