Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Skull of Female French Aristocrat from 1600s Shows How the Wealthy Saved Their Teeth

 Today's post is short because the real info is available from the link below.  However, let me tell you a bit about it.

One of the really amazing technologies that has become fairly common in today's dental practices is CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) that creates 3D x-ray images.  These devices give us the ability to basically pick up a patient's skull and rotate it to see things from any angle as well as being able to look inside as well.

That aspect of things is what makes this particular story so fascinating.  Scientists managed to get a CBCT scan of a body that was around 400 years old.  The things they discovered about this French noblewoman and the amazing things that had been done to her to allow her keep her own teeth in place despite advanced periodontal disease.

The story and the pictures are pretty amazing.

Follow this link for the article and photos.  

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