Dentistry in Ancient Greece

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By now, visiting a general dentist twice per year for regular teeth cleanings is routine for patients of all ages. But cosmetic dentistry actually began thousands of years ago in ancient Greece.

Today, a dentist can be relied on to replace missing teeth, improve their cosmetic appearance with teeth whitening, and use teeth bonding to correct tooth decay. In Greece, patients who had cavities went through a much different treatment. A patient with a toothache was brought to a priest, who administered a sleep-inducing potion to ensure relaxation. If the treatment happened to be successful, a patient would be obligated to make a tribute to his or her dentist at the temple. Numerous stones carved in the shape of teeth have been uncovered at ancient temples.

Whether you are suffering from a cavity or want to inquire about teeth bonding, call for a complementary consultation with one of our general dentists at University Associates in Dentistry located in the Chicago Loop at (312) 704-551.

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