Ancient Egyptian Dentistry

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In the category of “Whoa…” we offer the following:

“The earliest evidence of ancient dentistry we have is an amazingly detailed dental work on a mummy from ancient Egypt that archaeologists have dated to 2000 BCE. The work shows intricate gold work around the teeth. This mummy was found with two donor teeth that had holes drilled into them. Wires were strung through the holes and then around the neighboring teeth.” Source: metalonmetal blog.

I’m not quite convinced that this is the “earliest evidence” of ancient dentistry. I think there are some written texts that go back even further than 2000 BCE. Also, in the spirit of full disclosure I also have not located the site where this was found. Still, This is a fascinating item. The close-up below comes from the site dentalassistant.net.

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54 Responses to Ancient Egyptian Dentistry

  1. Jim Hannon says:

    Boy I am sure glad things have improved since then. I just had to have a tooth pulled and now have a removable stainless steel bridge.

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