How Dental Fillings Have Changed Throughout History
Dental fillings close cavities in teeth, following the removal of decayed tooth material. The new filling, then, stops bacteria from entering the tooth, eases pain, and helps prevent further decay.
Dental fillings have been a major part of dentistry for a very long time. Let’s look at how dental fillings have evolved through history.
Fillings In the Ancient World
In Trieste, Italy, scientists discovered a 6,000-year-old male skeleton with beeswax fillings in his teeth. This is one of the earliest known examples of dental fillings.
Texts, dating a few hundred years later, describe silver paste as a dental resin used to fill cavities.
Fillings During the Renaissance
The first known dental book, published in 1530, offers ...