We were pleasantly surprised a few months ago when we spotted the BBC Four documentary Drills, Dentures & Dentistry: An Oral History on our television screens. It’s not often that dentistry is made the focal point of a television programme so we were keen to tune in!
What a treat it was! Presented by historian Professor Joanna Bourke, the show took a look at the evolution of dentistry from back street profession practised by amateurs to a technologically advanced, very much necessary discipline that has the ability to radically alter people’s lives in the best possible ways.
Here are some of our favourite facts from the show; you may be surprised just how far dentistry has come!
1. Extraction used to be the ONLY cure for toothache
That’s right! Until the mid- 1800s, the only cure for that distracting, dull ache was extraction. Now we have fillings to help us save teeth where only part of the tooth is decayed, or you can elect to have root canal surgery in the event of infected pulp. Thanks to increasingly sophisticated technology, we do all we can to save a tooth before considering extraction.
2. A visit to the dentist was a scary prospect 150 years ago
Due to the lack of training, sterile environment and equipment thousands of people died as a result of their trip to the dentist. This is due to the onset of infection, botched dental surgery or other complications. Before dentistry was a recognised profession dental procedures were left in the hands of barbers or blacksmiths! No wonder the dentist’s chair was frightening!
Thank goodness technology had advanced and you can now relax at your dental appointments with Ollie & Darsh in a calming, professional dental clinic in the city centre. And for those of you who still fear the chair, we have gentle sedation options that will put you at your ease.
3. Dental implants were a little different in the past
As you know, here at Ollie & Darsh we use cutting-edge technology to create natural looking and functioning dental implants for our clients, something that we pride ourselves on. However, a few hundred years ago, if you were wealthy enough to get a new tooth to replace a missing one you could either pay the poor to give up their teeth for you or, perhaps even more grimly, from the recently deceased!
We found Drills, Dentures & Dentistry: An Oral History a really interesting watch that helped deepen our understanding of dentistry and the incredible journey it’s been on, especially over the last 100 years. It also makes us incredibly proud of the journey our clinic has gone on over the last 10 years and makes us even more passionate to bring great smiles to the people of Liverpool.
If you’re ready to start your smile transformation journey then please don’t hesitate to contact our amazing team who will be able to get your started on the first steps to the smile you’ve always wanted.