Recent archaeological studies have found that Native American people added jewels and decoration to their teeth nearly 2,500 years ago!
In southern North America, tribes people went to ancient “cosmetic dentists” to beautify their teeth with semiprecious gems, notches and grooves. This remarkable discovery was made when scientists were studying thousands of teeth in the collections of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. Scientists are unsure of the exact origin of most teeth in the collections, but they belonged to people living in the region called Mesoamerica before the Spanish conquests of the 1500s.
Ancient dentistry was not anxiety free…
“Cosmetic Dentists” of this period used a drill-like device that was capable of puncturing bone. Ornamental stones such as jade were then attached with an adhesive made from plant sap. These procedures showed evidence of dental technique, as they were able to drill into teeth without hitting the nerve tissue (pulp), therefore removing the likelihood of deadly infection, tooth loss or breakage of the tooth. Anesthetic may have been formulated from a concoction of herbs… but we can pretty much guarantee that this was not a comfortable, anxiety free dental procedure like you would experience in Dr. Curtis Couch’s dental practice in Thousand Oaks!
Experience cosmetic dentistry in a modern pain free environment!
To experience highly skilled cosmetic dentistry from a world class cosmetic dentist in Thousand Oaks, choose Dr. Curtis Couch. You will experience the most advanced cosmetic dental treatment in a modern, highly sterilized, pain-free environment. To find out more about the cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer at Curtis Couch D.D.S., or to book an appointment at our Thousand Oaks dental practice, please contact us.