The History of Implants
The dental center, like the field of dentistry, has become its own surgical medical wing over the years dealing with prevention and treatment of diseases and damage to the teeth, jaw and skull bones. Over the years, the modern dental clinic and dentistry developed greatly and became an independent branch of human health. History teaches us that the first to deal with dentistry were the Phoenicians, who lived in the region known today as Lebanon. They and the Greeks are considered the pioneers of dentistry. Archaeological artifacts include artificial teeth carved out of ivory and connected to the mouth with gold strands. In ancient Egypt, evidence of dental work was also found.
During later periods, the Romans continued the tradition of the Greeks and added their knowledge of precious metals and of preparing anaesthetizing drugs from medicinal herbs. The Middle Ages did not add anything to the development of the modern dental clinics and dentistry; in fact, the profession became unimportant, and priests who practiced medicine at that time were forbidden to practice dentistry. Treatment during this period was primarily teeth extraction alone, using primitive, frightening methods. Treatment was transferred to smiths, barbers and goldsmiths and not to the priests. Beginning from the 18th century, general doctors began to also practice dentistry and the profession became a respected one.
Only at the beginning of the 20th century did dentistry at a dental clinic become a separate surgical profession. One of the pioneers in the field of dentistry was the American dentist, Dr. Greene Vardiman Black, who set the rules for modern dentistry.