The Beginning of Dentistry…and Where We Are Going

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We are lucky today that most of us have access to preventive and restorative dentistry. After all, taking care of our oral health is an essential part of our overall well-being.

When you are sitting in the dental chair at your Yuma dentist’s office, have you ever wondered where dentistry began? And further, where might it be in the future?

Let’s take a look at the beginning of dentistry—and speculate on where it might be going.

The Early Beginning of Today’s Modern Dentistry

The practice of dentistry has been around since ancient times. In fact, there is evidence of dental work in Egyptian skulls that date back to 2900 to 2750 BCE. Britannica also reports evidence of oral surgery and tooth replacement from these early times.

Later evidence shows the beginnings of modern dentistry in the Eastern world, with Asian civilizations practicing restorative dentistry as early as 200 BCE.

The evidence is clear: The history of dentistry goes back a long way. But what might it look like in the future?

The Future of Modern Dentistry

The good news about the future of dentistry is that technology will continue to make strides. The better the dental technology, the better the patient experience—and the less time in the dental chair.

Laser dentistry has been around since the 1990s, but it continues to improve and grow in popularity. More use of laser dentistry in the future is likely, and this means greater comfort for patients.

Tooth regeneration is currently on the radar of dental technology as dentists are experimenting with a new process that remineralizes decayed teeth. What might this mean for you? No more fillings when you have a cavity!

Scientific American reports that digital dentistry will continue to improve, allowing for faster care that will cost less in the long run.

Prevention continues to be essential, and scientists are experimenting with toothbrushes that have cameras to show you which parts of your mouth you are not brushing enough and sensors that monitor oral health and can even track such conditions as heart disease.

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The future of dentistry is exciting—and healthy smiles should be more accessible than ever to maintain.

For dental care in the present, give your Yuma dentist a call! We look forward to seeing you at Sam Carroll, DMD.

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Irene Peters
Irene Peters
20:05 09 Dec 17
Dr. Carroll has state-of-the-art equipment and can do it all. I was able to get my new crown replaced on the same day with only the one visit. I've been going there for years and never had to wait past my appointment time. The office staff are all friendly, helpful, efficient, prompt, and make you feel at home and more importantly, comfortable. Dr. Carroll remembers details from prior visits and always follows up on them. A real bonus for me is that he has a way with giving the shots to numb your mouth without it hurting! I'm very grateful for the excellent care I get from Dr. Carroll and his staff.
Audrianna Daniel
Audrianna Daniel
16:55 25 Jan 18
I had such a wonderful experiance at this office! Switching from another local dentist was the best decision I ever made. Shanel, the hygienist, was absolutely amazing and Dr. Carroll was incredibly down to earth and attentive to any questions or concerns. The whole staff is just awesome and I can't recommend this office enough!
Carla Wolfe
Carla Wolfe
00:59 14 Jun 17
I was terrified of the dentist from past bad experience. My daughter had a traumatic experience at a local dentist as well. We have both started seeing Dr. Carroll and have had the most comfortable, reassuring experience. They are kind, knowledgeable and patient!! Thank you Dr. Carroll and Staff!! Second visit - 2/4/16 - Deep Clean Procedure and a Wisdom tooth extraction - Again, I can't say enough about my visit. The staff from the moment you walk in the door are professional and friendly. My procedure was 99.5% pain free and the extraction was 100% pain free. I was given information every step of the way and was made to feel comfortable at all times. This is an office with compassion, caring and understanding. I highly recommend this practice. I can't say thank you enough for the positive experience and dental work. Thank you!!
Lucinda Fox
Lucinda Fox
03:05 21 Jun 17
I have had an excellent experience with Dr. Carroll over the past -I have been with him since he started practice in Yuma. He and his staff have always treated me professionally and respectfully. I say 'had' because I just moved out of state and now I hope to find a new dentist as skilled as Dr. Carroll. My last visit was a highlight for me. He gave me a brand new, much improved smile by replacing my top front six teeth with crowns made by him on site. The change is amazing and I say "thank you Dr. Carroll!"
Sandy Baas
Sandy Baas
19:00 19 Oct 17
Sam Carroll , DMD, is knowledgable about all the latest and most effective dental procedures and treatment to make you SMILE... I have seen a caring and gentle approach with the very young patients ( My Grandaughter) and the concern he had with my 90 year old Father. Very comfortable yet professional atmosphere at all times!
Jill Castaneda
Jill Castaneda
20:20 21 Sep 17
Thank you for getting my son in and removing his wisdom tooth today. I would also like to thank you for the amazing service we received from everyone in the office and especially Dr. Carroll!! We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Dr. Carroll and his staff are the best.
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