The Mouth and Teeth

Nov 16, 2012 by

The Mouth and Teeth by Maude Muller Tanner D.M.D. was originally published in 1914  is an interesting peek into dentistry in the early 1900’s…..maybe of interest to you dentists and dental hygienists? A glance into the past!
Here are a few paragraphs on the upper jaw:
“The upper jaw, which contains the upper teeth, is made up of two bones which join very closely together in the middle of the face, along an imaginary line called the median line, meaning the middle or center line of the face. To locate this line, take a point in the center of the forehead and run your finger downward, between the eyes, down the nose and over the tip of the nose, and over the mouth down to the tip of the chin. This line will come right over the place where the two bones which form the upper jaw join together. These two bones are shaped somewhat like a cube or a pyramid and have a large hollow space inside of them, called the Antrum of Highmore, after Highmore, the name of the man who first found this space. The word “antrum” is a Latin word meaning a cave or hollow chamber.
Each one of these bones has four surfaces or sides. One surface forms part of the cheek, one forms part of the inside of the nose, another helps to make up the hollow socket called the orbit, which holds the eye, while the other surface joins with other bones of the head. There are also flat projections from the inner surfaces of these bones which meet each other and make up what we call the roof of the mouth. On the under surface of these two bones, we find a ridge of the same porous, honeycombed bone, shaped like an arch, just as we found on the lower jaw bone, in which the upper teeth are held fast. So, you see, the upper jaw bone is of great importance, as it helps to form the face, the inside of the nose, the hollow for the eye, the roof of the mouth, and besides all of this, holds the upper teeth in place.”

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