Gem-studded teeth show skill of ancient dentists
Published on May 19th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks0
Advanced dentistry techniques allowed Native Americans to inset gemstones to their teeth as far back as 2,500 years ago.
The early dentists used a drill-like device with a hard stone such as obsidian, which is capable of puncturing bone.
“It’s possible some type of [herb based] anesthetic was applied prior to drilling to blunt any pain,” Jiménez said.