The 19th Century

The evolution of dentistry was gaining speed. During the 1800's, the profession was on the rise. There was also a rise in dental advancements, such as inventions and techniques. Ivory teeth was a major step in dentistry, but in 1825, Samuel Stockton began to commercially manufacture porcelain teeth. Porcelain is still a material used in the dental field today. Another material that is used today is amalgam, which the Crawcour brothers of France created in the 1830s and 1840s. There were improvements made to help the mouth, but there were also improvements that helped the dentists themselves. James Snell created the first reclining dental chair in 1831. This invention alone has seen many improvements and have led to the reclining chairs that we sit in today at the dentist office.    Three years later, in 1834, Charles Goodyear vulcanizes rubber. Vulcanized rubber is a chemical process that makes rubber and other related materials more durable. These new durable materials helped him create the base for false teeth. During this time, dental journals started to be published in the United States as well as England. In 1859, the American Dental Association (ADA) was formed when 26 dentists met in Niagara Falls, New York.     One of the most key steps in dental evolution was when the first x-ray was taking in 1896 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Along with x-rays being introduced to the dental profession. Other professions were being added to the dental category. Orthodontics was being introduced at the end of the 19th century.     Call us today to schedule your next appointment! (928)774-5599