Prior to Pierre Fauchard’s discovery in the late seventeenth century of the link between sugar associated acids and tooth decay, it was widely believed in western Europe that dental caries, or rotten teeth, were caused by a tooth worm. At certain times, the major nerve within the tooth was mistaken for a worm and yanked out as treatment for tooth aches and rotten teeth as a sort of Sydney emergency dentist procedure. While this was agonisingly painful and carried a high risk of infection, it was effective in stopping pain for those patients that it did not kill, as without the nerve the patient was no longer able to feel the pain of tooth decay.Tooth removal, carried out, along with other medical procedures such as blood letting, by barbers, was also common. Overall, the comparatively sophisticated dental knowledge of the ancient Romans was lost and not regained until about the nineteenth century in Europe.
While dentistry has been undertaken by humans since the Indus Valley civilisation seven thousand years before the common era, it is only much more recently that orthodontic dentistry has developed as a sub field of dentistry. The aim of orthodontic practice is to correct misaligned jaw lines and teeth. It is one of many sub fields and specialisations within dentistry that exist, also including the following other sub fields within dentistry: Visit this website, for additional knowledge about orthodontic dentistry.
• Endodontics: concerning itself with the insides of the teeth, particularly, the dental pulp.
• Periodontics: concerning itself with the gums and the other surrounds of the teeth.
• Prosthodontics: concerning itself with prosthetic dental appliances, such as false teeth.
• Dental public health: concerning itself with the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease in the most part, through such measures as the fluoridation of mains tap water.
• Maxillofacial or oral surgery: concerning itself with surgery affecting the mouth of the facial structure. This can also be subdivided into surgery and anaesthesia, as the use of local anaesthesia in oral surgery requires special techniques compared with other surgery.
So, as can be seen, an orthodontist is only one of the many types of dental specialist, although orthodontia is one of the oldest, most well established, and most common specialties within dentistry today. In Australia it will generally take eight years of university study in order to become a Liverpool orthodontist, consisting of a five year Bachelor of Dental Surgery or similar to become qualified as a dentist, followed by a two year masters course in orthodontics. In South Australia, the only university to offer programmes in dentistry is the University of Adelaide. The Bachelor of Dental Surgery, which is a five year course allowing graduates to become dentists, should not be confused with the Bachelor of Oral Health, which is a three year course intended for those planning to become dental hygienists or similar professionals, not dentists.