“Endodontic” is not exactly a household word. “Endo” means inside, and “odons” means tooth. While the experts at Parkcrest Dental Group know this term well, most of us use the more colloquial phrase “root canal.” What do you think of when you think about a root canal? It may send a shiver down your spine. The good news is that painful root canals are mostly ancient history.
At Parkcrest Dental Group, our team of experts works to alleviate the anxiety patients might feel about this common procedure. Modern dentistry has come a long way, and procedures like root canals are much easier than they used to be. How long have people been receiving root canals? Join Parkcrest Dental Group in taking a brief historical look at root canal therapy.
The Root of it All
Humans have had teeth since their beginning, so it stands to reason that the practice of dentistry is ancient. In fact, the first root canal therapy treatment may go back as far as 200 BCE. A skull from this era was found with a bronze wire in one of its teeth, our very first sign of root canal therapy.
Not long after that, we have evidence that people were draining the root canal area to relieve pain and pressure, and even moved into removing and covering the pulp. This isn’t too different from what professionals like the team at Parkcrest Dental Group do today.
The Early 1900s
By the early 1900s, X-rays and anesthesia methods were introduced to the medical and dental industries, allowing for a more comfortable procedure for patients and more accurate work by dentists. Then, in 1943, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) was created.
20th Century and Beyond
Throughout the second half of the 20th century, many advances in root canal therapy occurred. Instruments, materials, and treatment methods became more standardized. As time has gone on, new treatments have been refined and safety, efficiency, and effectiveness are always being streamlined. Dentistry providers like Parkcrest Dental Group are always looking at new developments in every dental discipline to bring you the best treatment available.
We Are Rooting For You
At Parkcrest Dental Group, the health and wellness of our patients is our number one priority. Whether you need a checkup or root canal therapy, we are here to help you with everything you need for your healthy smile. Take a look at the general dentistry services we can offer, or contact us today.