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Neanderthal teeth show evidence of dentistry

130,000-year-old Neanderthal teeth found at a site in Croatia show evidence of rudimentary attempts at dentistry. A Neanderthal who lived 130,000 years ago appears to have carried out some “prehistoric dentistry” in an attempt to deal with an impacted tooth, researchers have said. Teeth found at a site in Krapina, Croatia, at

14,000-year-old dental work found by electron microscope

Evidence of some of the world's oldest dentistry has been found on a 14,000-year-old molar. Using scanning electron microscopy the researchers uncovered peculiar striations in the internal surface of the large cavity. “They were the result of a variety of gestures and movements associated with slicing a microlithic point in different directions,”

Egyptian mummy had mouth full of cavities

A recent examination of a 2,100-year-old Egyptian mummy has revealed that the young man had a mouth full of cavities. The man, whose name is unknown, was in his 20s or early 30s, and his teeth were in horrible shape. He had "numerous" abscesses and cavities, conditions that appear to have

6,500-year-old tooth filling found in Slovenia

A tooth found in a cave in Slovenia is the oldest evidence of dentistry yet found. Italian researchers believe they have discovered the oldest dental filling -- a beeswax cap applied to a left canine tooth about 6,500 years ago. The filling was discovered by chance as Claudio Tuniz, Federico Bernardini and

Gem-studded teeth show skill of ancient dentists

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