Like other forms of medicine, dentistry has had a long, interesting history that dates back to ancient civilizations. For example, ancient Sumerians chewed on tree twigs to clean their teeth and ancient Egyptians used ground pumice and vinegar as dentifrice. Thankfully, brilliant minds in the past have contributed to what modern dentistry has become today. Our team at Lake Forest Dental Arts and Dr. James Fondriest honor famous dentists in history.
Famous Dentists and Dental Innovations Throughout History
- A French dentist, Pierre Fauchard is considered the “Father of Modern Dentistry.” His publications on dental conditions and procedures are still used today. There is a Fellowship offered to only the most respected dentists in the world that Dr Fondriest has been honored to receive.
- Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, left behind his methodology for removing teeth and addressing oral abscesses.
- An English physician, Sir James Chrichton Browne was the first medical professional to acknowledge fluoride’s benefits in preventing dental caries.
- Nitrous oxide was first used in the United States by Horace Wells for its anesthetic properties.
- John Henry “Doc” Holiday attended dental school in Pennsylvania. Before heading west to gamble and participate in the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral, “Doc” Holiday opened a dental practice in Dallas, Texas.
- Miles Davis’ father, Miles Henry Davis was a dentist.
Modern Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Chicago
Dr. Fondriest and our team are proud to provide top-notch oral healthcare to our community. Using the latest techniques and technology, we treat cosmetic and restorative dentistry as an art form. From porcelain veneers to discreet white restorations, our team improves the appearance of smiles and the function of teeth throughout Chicago and the neighboring areas.
To schedule a cosmetic or restorative dentistry consultation with Dr. Fondriest, contact our Lake Forest dentist office at (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from Barrington, Grayslake, Winnetka, Arlington Heights, North Shore, Highland Park, and the surrounding communities.