The history of dentistry is almost as ancient as the history of humanity and civilization with the earliest evidence dating from 7000 BC. Remains from the early Harappan periods of the Indus Valley Civilization ( c. 3300 BC) show evidence of teeth having been drilled dating back 9,000 years. From modest foundations, the specialty of dentistry has grown to become one of the most relevant service providers of healthcare in the community.
A large proportion of every community seeks after dentists. The importance of proper care of the teeth cannot be over-emphasized. The mouth is the portal for water and food, the custodian of speech, and an organ of social expression. Unlike many sub-specialties of medicine, oral health is a concern of every individual in the population. However, the history of dentistry has been largely ignored by historians, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dentistry is defined as the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (non-surgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/ or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body; provided by a dentist, within the scope of his/her education, training and experience, in accordance with the ethics of the profession and applicable law (As adopted by the 1997 American Dental Association House of Delegates).
Over the years, dentistry has grown into many sub-specialties approved by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association. These include Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics. SEE Neurosurgery Equipment and Their Uses
Basic Guide To Dental Instruments Written By Carmen Scheller A Dental Nurse Tutor At The Dublin Dental School And Hospital Republic of Ireland is one of the best resources when it comes to understanding dental instruments and their uses.
Basic Guide to Dental Instruments provides a working inventory of dental instrumentation in common use in dental surgeries. A clear photograph of each instrument is included, and described according to name, usage, any relevant features and varieties. Each section is dedicated to a specific discipline or division of dentistry. Complete set-ups have been included at the end of most sections for various procedures. The coverage reflects instrumentation and accessory items used in general dental practice, routine hospital dental procedures and selected specialist settings. See 30 Top Dental Equipment Companies in The World
The author adopts a flexible approach which recognises that some instruments are multi-functional, and their names and usage can vary across dental surgeries. This approach, coupled with the range of instruments covered, makes the book an ideal ‘portable’ resource across general practice, hospital and a range of specialist settings. The book also highlights instruments which can be easily confused.
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