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The History of Dental Crowns & the Philippines

The History of Dental Crowns & the Philippines

The History of Dental Crowns & the Philippines

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Did you know the first recorded example of the use of dental crowns dates back thousands of years in Southeast Asia? Skeletons discovered on the island Luzon in the Philippines revealed caps and tooth replacements made completely out of gold. Historians say using gold to modify teeth was extremely popular among the ruling class of the time. Gold teeth were considered to be a symbol of wealth and power.

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One prominent example is the Bolinao Skull, which is currently on display at the National Museum of Anthropology in Manila. The skull dates all the way back to the 14th and 15th centuries. It was recovered in the Balingasay archeological site in Bolinao. The skull is considered to be one-of-a-kind because of the intricate gold scales found on the buccal surfaces of the upper and lower incisors and canines. 67 other skulls, which contained teeth, were also discovered at the same site. All 67 were found with gold on their teeth, but they weren’t as extensive as the most well-known artifact of the site, the Bolinao Skull.

Dental crowns have certainly come a long way since those days. Today, crowns can be made from many materials, which include zirconia, stainless steel, all metal (gold or another alloy), porcelain fused-to-metal, all resin, and all ceramic.

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