A salute to traditional craftsmanship
Dentistry is thought to be the oldest specialisation of medicine, with studies suggesting that the Neanderthals were using primitive dentistry tools as much as 130,000 years ago. Evidence of dental surgery in the form of teeth drilling has been found to originate as far back as 9,000 years ago, and the first filling, made from beeswax, 6,500 years ago.
As the field developed over time, amalgams, extractions and even dental bridges have been described in the literature. In the 19th century, dentistry was not a profession in its own right and general physicians, and even barbers, were responsible for tooth extractions! It wasn’t until 1859 that a formal qualification was available for dentistry, and not until 1921 that it was a requirement for registered dentists to have such a qualification in order to practice.
Modern dentistry has evolved considerably with numerous new dental technological breakthroughs such as the invention of the adhesive bonding technique and tooth-coloured composite resin materials. Dentists are now able to restore teeth to create bright, beautiful smiles as well as provide strong, healthy and durable teeth and gums.
At Craft our team understands that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Our processes build on the traditional experience, knowledge and skill of our predecessors. Modern dentistry has evolved to be what it is today because of the valuable lessons learned from time-honoured craftsmanship, passed down through the generations.