In the past, dental treatments used to be bloody, unsanitary, and painful affairs. Sometimes, patients had to pay with their lives. Ailing teeth were smashed and ripped out without anesthesia. Even healthy teeth were removed or worked on in some way as part of ceremonial festivities or rites of passage in some societies.
In Germany, the profession of dentistry was established in 1919. Up until then, only “tooth breakers”, “tooth rippers”, and “dental artists” had been around. The Verein deutscher Zahnkünstler (Club of German Dental Artists) was founded in 1880 and played a crucial role in the development of dental technology as a profession and the professionalization of dentistry per se in Germany.
However, the term dentist had been coined much earlier. Guy de Chauliac, a surgeon and one of the most significant physicians of the 13th Century, defined the word in one of his medical treatises. Although he was the son of simple peasants, he managed to establish himself as a physician and became the personal doctor of many popes.
The transition from a mere definition of a word to an actual profession took quite a while. In 1771, dentistry was first introduced as an official study program at the University of Kiel. Only four students signed up for it. However, popularity increased over the years. Today, there are almost 82,000 dentists in Germany alone.
Considering how dental treatments used to be in the past, it is almost wonderous how painless they are today. The better the training, the better the treatment. Nowadays, many dental clinics are reminiscent of spas, aimed at creating a feel-good effect.
Naturally, the right choice matters. Where can you find a highly qualified, experienced, and accredited dentist? At Leading Implant Centers! We select our members according to strict criteria. Good dental medicine is not an accident. Dentists need to have long-term experience and excellent training, partake in active exchange with colleagues and be up to date about developments in their field.