Old-School Dental Instruments

Fear of the dentist is prevalent today, but after hearing about some of the terribly creepy old instruments from the past, patients might think about their local dentist in a new way. Modern dentistry is more advanced than ever with most patients feeling only minimal discomfort for even advanced procedures. Sedation dentistry allows even people with severe dental anxiety to make it through their necessary dental procedures without unnecessary stress or pain.

In comparison with the olden days, modern dentistry is a walk in the park. If you take a look at pictures of some of the instruments we’re covering today, it will be clear that today’s dentist is better equipped than the dentists of old.

Scary Dental Instruments: A List

  • Bow Drill (7000 BC) – Arguably the scariest of the dental instruments on this list, the dental bow drill was constructed much like a bow drill that is used to make fire. It is a simple stringed wooden bow attached to a wooden spindle with a needle point on the end. The operator would saw the bow back and forth while the needle drilled into your tooth.

  • Bone Chisels (1780s) – Unlike the petite tiny dental chisels of today, the bone chisels of the 1700s acted more like regular, everyday chisels that were used to dig into the root of the tooth to extract it.

Here is a small list of just the scary names of some of the instruments that used to be used in ancient dentistry:

  • Tongue Ecraseur (1850s)
  • Dental Pelican (1600s)
  • Dental Forceps (1600s)
  • Wilcox-Jewett Obtunder (1905)
  • Dental Key (1810s)
  • Finger-Rotated Dental Drill (1870s)
  • Oral Speculum (1600s)
  • Secateurs (1810s)
  • Goat’s Foot Elevator (1700s)
  • Dental Mouth Gag (1500s)
  • Dental Screw Forceps (1850s)

Even just the names of some of these tools are enough to send shivers down your spine. As it turns out, modern dentistry isn’t so bad! And with an advanced, patient-friendly dental instrument like the C-Shape It system, it’s even better!