The History of Dentistry
The first dentists used chisels and hammers to knock out decayed teeth, but today’s dentist may use advanced
technology such as Computer Aided Design to design dental restorations that look and feel like natural teeth.
Today’s dentist might even be using lasers in their practice to treat decay and put in fillings.
Meet the instructor
Joanna Bourke is a New Zealander by birth. As a young child, she lived in New Zealand, Zambia, Solomon Island, and Haiti. She went to Auckland University (New Zealand) to do her BA and MA and, from there, to the Australian National University in Canberra to complete a doctorate on women in nineteenth-century Ireland. After brief posts in the 1980s and early 1990s at the Australian National University and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, she was appointed to Birkbeck College in 1992.