A Saga of Smiles: How Dental Implants in York Have Improved Since the Vikings | Yorkshire Dental Suite

February 26th, 2024

A Saga of Smiles: How Dental Implants in York Have Improved Since the Vikings

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York city with Minster in background

York dentists have come a long way since the days of the Vikings.

Step inside the Jorvik Centre and, once you get past the smell (it’s deliberate – it’s meant to give you a multisensory experience, and the odours of the time are all part of it) you’ll find cups, clothes and bowls dating back over a thousand years. 

Ancient skulls always attract a lot of interest, and there are some crackers on display here. Perhaps you wouldn’t expect teeth to have lasted over a millennium, but even without the benefits of modern toothpastes, fluoride in the water and personal electric flossers, it turns out that some of the teeth are quite hardy. 

One famous skull comes complete with 16 gnashers and 16 empty tooth holes, ripe for a dental implant

Over the centuries, before we had the modern approach to ceramic and porcelain implants that we have now, there were all manner of solutions for missing teeth.

You could, of course, leave the spaces empty – hardly conducive to Instagram-ready smiles, but then Instagram wasn’t top of the agenda for rampaging and marauding Vikings.

You could also take an amateur approach to implantology. The Mayans used to use pieces of shells and, in ancient China, they would carve tiny bamboo pegs to fill in the gaps. It used to be rumoured that the first US president, George Washington, had wooden teeth, but that couldn’t be further from the tooth (sorry). 

There have also been teeth of metal found in the mummies of Egyptian kings, teeth hewn from rare gems and even teeth transplanted from other humans – what is called a homoplastic implant. 

If you have missing or problem teeth in York today, you don’t need to search for treatment inspiration at the Jorvik Centre – but you’re only a stone’s throw away from the new centre for implant excellence in York – the Yorkshire Dental Suite.

Our new state-of-the-art suite in our beautiful walled city of York is a centre of excellence for full-mouth implants, same-day implants, teeth-in-a-day and all-on-4 implants. 

If you’re having trouble eating or lacking confidence, you don’t have to resort to such desperate practices as the Vikings or other forebears – there are expert dentists waiting to give you the very best treatment.

It’s not just dental treatments that have changed over time – dental suites have too. We know that many people are anxious about a visit to the dentist, which is why we do dentistry differently. Relaxed surroundings, custom scents – you might think you’ve walked into a spa instead. 

Considering dental implants in York? Don’t be a Viking, get in touch today

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