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Dental phobia is not a rare condition. Many people feel fear of dentist chair or dental drill. Because of that fear they show up at the dentist when it is very late or not at all and then suffer great consequences. But that fear can be overcome.
Dental instruments progressed for nearly 9000 years and from very primitive tools they developed into sophisticated equipment that can still seam scary but not so much when you compare them with tools people fixed their teeth some 100 years ago.
Forms of cosmetic dentistry existed since the ancient times and since people found out that they can use other materials to replace missing teeth or that they can make them white again. Today it is an important branch of dentistry.
Dentures are old invention and although they were crude in the beginning, people wore them rather than to eat without them. At first they were made from materials from nature but in time we started making them from synthetic materials which made them better. Read more about history of dentures.