Jurassic Dentistry

July 29th, 2015

Reconstructive Dentistry

Dr. Norton and the staff at Lifetime Family Dental, your dentist in Gilbert, AZ, have seen some interesting dental cases throughout the years. Jagged, fractured, uneven, discolored, and misaligned teeth have all been treated and transformed into beautiful, functional, healthy success stories. However, there’s certainly one type of patient the staff at Lifetime Family Dental might have a tad bit more trouble working with: a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

According to research out of the University of Toronto Mississauga, the distinctive tooth structure of the T-Rex played a large part in it’s success as a top predator for 165 million years. These “steak knife-like” teeth had a sharpness that made hunting and killing easier. These teeth had deep serrations that gave the Tyrannosaur and other Theropods a high level of proficiency with slicing flesh and chewing the bones of large prey. The only animal alive today that has teeth resembling that of the T-Rex is the Komodo dragon which is found in Indonesia.

So if you are embarrassed by the state of your dental hygiene or appearance, fear not! As long as your teeth aren’t giant steak knives, Lifetime Family Dental can treat you just fine with the compassion of a gentle dentist in Gilbert, AZ. Contact us today to set up your appointment.

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (7/29/2015) Scott Kinmartin (Flickr)