Primitive history shows that the men and women of the prehistoric days bothered little with the complexities of the mouth. Chewing on certain plants may have helped ease the pain of a toothache, but the cave dwellers were at a loss when it came to the treatment of dental disease.
It wasn’t until the mid-eighteenth century that medical doctors started to concern themselves with the mouth. Before that, dental problems were treated largely by non professionals or laymen. In 1728, a Frenchmen, Pierre Fauchard, published the first book on dentistry: Le Chirurgien Dentiste. This earned him the title of “The Father of Modern History” because his writings established a basis for dentistry, which was a new medical specialty.
In 1766, Dentistry was brought to Colonial America, where it found it’s first famous dental patient: George Washington. He was among the early patients to receive prosthetic teeth. At the time materials and techniques for replacing missing teeth were just starting to evolve.
First Commercial Dental Laboratory
Fabrication of prosthetic devices were being developed and the practice of such fabrication was done by few. The practice of outsourcing this type of work, to specialty laboratories, was done by most practicing dentists because they were untrained in the area. In 1883, Dr. W. H. Stowe had a dental practice that manufactured prosthetic teeth and found himself to be overwhelmed by the amount of those in need of his services. So, in 1987, Dr. Stowe, along with his cousin, Frank F. Eddy, opened a dental laboratory that was separate from a normal private practice. This quickly led to the training of apprentices and the growth of the dental laboratory industry. This work had a significant influence in the development of new prosthetic materials and techniques.
The Beginning of Certification
In 1954 the National Association of Dental Laboratories began to develop a certification program. This would set a skill standard for those in the field of prosthetics. In October of 1958, the first Certified Dental Technician (CDT) classes were given and by March of 1959 the first (CDT) certificates were awarded.
The Certification Program/Government Regulations
In order for a dental professional to retain their certification they must apply each year for a renewal. This may include continuing education through schooling or at a clinic to ensure that they are up to date on the regulations of the profession. Each state has authority over dental health services by enacting a dental practice act. These rules and regulation are placed in order to protect the patient. We’ve come a long way from the days of brushing our teeth with pieces of birchwood and the Government is there to make sure those in the dental profession are up to speed with the highest quality treatment.
Where is Technology is Now?
Technology today is important to our office. From our savvy techniques when it comes to dental implants to the latest in the world of straightening your smile with Invisalign, our office is up to date and uses the latest technology. Our staff knows the history of this beloved profession and are proud to be a part of where that history has taken the dental industry. Whether you are coming in for a routine cleaning or find yourself in need of implants or veneers, our knowledgeable staff and up to date technology is here to fit your needs.