A Historical Timeline of Dentistry in the 20th Century

Do you ever wonder how dentistry has evolved over the past century? The answer is: quite a bit, especially in the area of improved technology. Here’s a timeline to illustrate:

1903: Dr. Charles Land patents the first porcelain jacket crown.
1905: A German chemist Alfred Einhorn creates the formula for the anesthetic later called Novocaine.
1908 An important leader in American dentistry education, Greene Vardiman Black, creates an important two-volume treatise called Operative Dentistry. He later develops techniques for fillings, standardizes operating procedures for dentistry and offers other important contributions.
1913: Fones Clinic for Dental Hygienists, the world’s first dental hygiene school, opens in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dr. Alfred Fones, its founder, becomes known as “The Father of Dental Hygiene.”
1937: The first successful dental implant is inserted by Dr. Alvin Stock.
1938: The first toothbrush with synthetic nylon bristles appears on the market.
1949: A Swiss chemist named Oskar Haggar creates the system for bonding acrylic resin to dentin.
1950: Fluoride toothpaste is marketed for the first time.
1960: Dentists start to use lasers to treat periodontal disease.
1989: Home bleaching products first appear on the market.
1990: Tooth colored restorative materials and the increased popularity of veneers, bleaching and implants lead to an era of cosmetic dentistry
1997: The YAG laser is approved to treat tooth decay.

Hansen Dental Care is grateful for the efforts and genius of all who pioneered the dental industry. Without this work, our business could not exist today. Would you like to experience the benefits of modern dentistry with Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS and his expert team in Pasadena, California? Just call 626-793-2273 to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

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