The Evolution of Dental Technology

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Believe it or not, dentistry is almost as old as civilization itself. In fact, archeological evidence shows that humans have used tools like bow drills to treat tooth conditions since 7000 BC. While it should come as a relief that Dr. Greenberg and Dr. Chang do not reach for a bow drill during a tooth extraction procedure, dental technology has changed in a variety of ways to make modern treatment more efficient and more comfortable than ever before.

Middle Ages

During the middle ages, dentistry was often practiced by barbers. Although they did not receive formal training, barbers used a variety of tools to treat toothaches and cure other dental conditions. Barbers were even trusted to perform tooth extractions without any anesthesia!


Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, dentistry became more professionalized. The American Journal of Dental Science was first published in 1839 and provided a valuable way for dentists to share information and discuss treatment. Just 20 years later, the American Dental Association formed in Niagara Falls, New York. New advances in technology, like the porcelain tooth and dental foot engine, made certain dental procedures easier and less painful than ever before.

Modern Technology

In the last 100 years, dental technology has grown by leaps and bounds. From innovations such as dental anesthesia that make treatment more comfortable to dental implants that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth, dental technology continues to evolve for the better.

Our well-qualified team at North Tonawanda Family Dentistry strives to offer our patients the latest in efficient dental care. From digital X-rays that allow us to spot and treat conditions invisible to the naked eye to intraoral cameras that allow us a close-up view of the inside of your mouth, you can rest assured that we offer the latest and greatest in dental care!

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We make sure each and every one of our clients’ needs and concerns are addressed in a caring and thoughtful manner. We want your experience to be as enjoyable and efficient as possible here at North Tonawanda Family Dentistry in North Tonawanda, NY.