Dentistry goes back to Stone Age hunter-gatherers who 14000 years ago tackled their cavities with a sharp tool and tar

Stone Age Teeth from Northern Italy

Treating tooth decay has come a long way thankfully to advances in dental bonding materials, beautiful porcelain and ceramic replacing lost enamel, and improved techniques and numbing and nitrous oxide to ease the process. This brings perspective especially when you consider what the Stone Age hunter-gatherers had to go through when dealing with tooth decay. This is evidenced by teeth remains found in northern Italy dating back to nearly 14000 years ago that has signs of a Stone Age Dentist scraping decay and coating it with tar.

The big question: What did the Stone Age Dentists use for anesthetic, or did they?

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By Dr Farah Sefidvash