So you want to know what dentistry was like in the Middle Ages. Here’s a brief timeline of significant events:
700 A.D. A Chinese medical text describes the employ of a “silver paste”, or an amalgam filling for cavities.
1210: Dentists in France form an organization. They call themselves “barbers”, and yes, they do cut hair, but they are also medieval dentists and doctors. Eventually they develop two groups: barber-surgeons, who are educated and trained and perform complex surgeries, and lay-barbers, who help with more routine services – like bleedings and tooth-cleanings.
1400: French laws begin the first standardization of dentistry practices: royal decrees warn barbers against performing complex operations without the proper training and education.
1530: “The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth” by Artzney Buchlein, the first book written purely about dentistry, is published in Germany.
1575: a French barber-surgeon sometimes called “The Father of Surgery”, Ambrose Pare, publishes his Complete Works.
The Middle Ages had its dentistry developments. But we’ve certainly come a long way. Want to experience the marvels of modern dentistry? You can call Fischer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Centreville, Virginia at 703.994.4626 to set up an appointment with Dr. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer and their expert team. We’re here to make you smile.