Dental technology is always improving in order to give you the best and most comfortable dental care possible. These advancements have more application than just bringing you quality care. We can use dental technology to learn about the past in ways that we previously could not. Researchers were able to learn new information about a Theban mummy discovered in 1859 thanks to advances in CT scans. Dentists use the same technology to examine your mouth to determine what dental work damaged teeth may require.
Anthropologists and archeologists strive to uncover the past by examining the remnants that they discover. Technological advances enable them to get an in-depth analysis of relics and remains without destroying or damaging them. The 1,200 year old mummy from Thebes, discovered by James Ferrier, was examined with CT scans in the mid-1990s. The scans revealed a linen mass inserted between the first and second molars on the left side, but the resolution of the image was too low for deeper analysis.
The mummy was reexamined in 2012 by a team of researchers at the University of Western Ontario using the latest advances in CT technology. In just 20 years, CT imaging improved enough that the team was able to put together a better understanding of the linen mass and understand its purpose. They found that the mass was inserted into a large interproximal cavity (a cavity forming between two teeth). The linen was likely a medicine packet of some sort, and would have prevented food particles from entering the cavity. Unlike modern dentistry, this filling would have been more to prevent pain and infection than to stabilize and restore the tooth.
Physical evidence of ancient dentistry is limited, though writings and images exist that suggest it was regularly practiced. Ancient Egypt also has a great deal of writings and images suggesting that dentistry was practiced. The CT scans of this Theban mummy helped add new physical evidence of dentistry being practiced in ancient Egypt. Without CT scans, the research team would not have been able to effectively analyze these remains to learn more about how dental work was performed.
As with the Theban mummy, advances in CT scanning technology has made imaging a more accurate and useful tool for oral health care. Dentists use CT scans to analyze problems developing in your teeth. These scans may reveal the extent of damage. Using this information, your dentist can determine how best to use fillings, crowns, and other restorations to keep your mouth in good health.
At Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, we strive to keep ourselves up-to-date with the latest technology and training in order to provide you with top-quality care. If you are looking for dental care in Spokane, please call 509-532-1111 for an appointment at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics.
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