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Wax Filling Was the Cutting Edge of Stone-Age Dentistry

posted Sep 23, 2012, 3:08 PM by Susan Young RDH   [ updated Sep 23, 2012, 3:10 PM ]
We’re lucky to live in a modern age, an age when, instead of ripping out a painful cavity-ridden tooth, we can have dentists drill away the rotten bit and plug up the hole with a filling. 

But a new discovery reveals that fillings aren’t just modern conveniences: they date back to the Stone Age. 

Researchers have discovered that a tooth on a 6500-year-old human jawbone has a large cavity covered by a beeswax cap—making that wax the oldest dental filling ever discovered.

Read the whole article at Discover Magazine
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