13,000-Year-Old Fillings Prove Ancient Dentistry Was Brutal

A visit to the dentist might scare some today, but undoubtedly it can’t entail the traumatic proceedings that took place around 13000 years ago. This was a time characterized by the use of crude tools without painkillers or sophisticated gadgets. A recent research expedition by Italian researchers in Tuscany uncovered a pair of incisors that utterly corroborated the above mentioned conception. By utilizing microCT scans and residue assessments, the study team discovered dents within the teeth which bore organic matter and bitumen relics, materials that most likely served as the early forms of dental fillings. Bitumen, which is nowadays employed in road surfacing, could have been a viable option particularly because of its viscous and sticky attributes. They also noted that the hollow pits were most likely excavated/dug with the use of sharpened stones.

This case study is not the sole example exhibiting prehistoric dental surgery. Archeologists have in the past found evidence showing that Egyptians employed bits of gold wire to affix donated teeth to a patient’s jaws.

Reference

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/04/10/ancient-dentistry-tooth-filling/#.WO8Qu2fNvIU

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