Nothing but the Tooth: A Dental Odyssey by Barry K.B Berkovitz

By Barry K.B Berkovitz

While such a lot books on dentistry describe the scientific and scientific tactics concerned, this publication expands the sector to envision the position of dentistry and the teeth in every thing from biology to biography. This e-book bargains evidence and figures concerning recognized old figures, comparable to John Hunter, Dr Crippen, document Holliday, and Paul Revere, exploring how their connections to dentistry formed them, in addition to the tale of the 2 younger dentists who came upon the rules of basic anaesthesia. different chapters specialize in the superb levels of the teeth in animals, from tooth in piranhas to the tusks and ivory of elephants and narwhals, their organic and cultural value. the significance of the teeth in figuring out the evolution of people and in revolutionizing the research of archaeology can also be evaluated. This e-book is suitable for dentists, scientific and dentistry scholars, and non-specialists to introduce the myriad attention-grabbing facets in terms of teeth.

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  • Includes well-illustrated and carefully defined examples and anecdotes
  • Presents either well known and little-known cases of teeth's significance in history
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This very rapid rate of tooth replacement and eruption explains why no museum specimens had previously been found with missing teeth. In the piranha, replacing teeth erupt vertically from below. Although sharks and rays also tend to lose their teeth in rows, their teeth are not interlocked and their replacing teeth tend to move up from behind, like an escalator. 10 The right side of a live piranha, with the teeth exposed by a blunt, flat probe. All the teeth are present in the lower jaw but have just been shed in the upper jaw.

O’Connor, University of Bradford and the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. 6 Schematic drawing of a block of elephant ivory showing the dentinal tubule pathways. The top surface (A) is a true cross section of the tusk and shows a curve of a Schreger line passing through the dark squares of the checkerboard appearance. (B) indicates the pulpal surface where the dentinal tubules will be seen in cross-section. Part of a column has been removed from the radial surface (C) showing the undulating curvatures of the tubules, with the troughs of the curves in one column being opposite the crests in the adjacent column.

13 The Pacific walrus. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pfinge, 2005. jpg. S. org/wiki/Public_domain Walrus ivory was the form native to Europe. It was carved by Scandinavians and Inuit peoples. As well as being used for decorative objects, it was also a component of tools and weapons, such as harpoon tips. As with mammoths and mastodons, prehistoric walrus tusks have been collected from frozen ground in Arctic regions and used as a substitute for elephant ivory. The outer (primary) layer of walrus ivory is like elephant ivory, but walrus tusks are less suited for carving.

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