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Open Wide! New Museum Exhibit Features the Progression of Dentistry through Instrument Evolution

The exhibit features materials and instruments used for dental fillings and more.

April  12, 2013

A new museum exhibit now open to the dental community and the public features the progression of the dental field through instrument evolution. From dentistry's rudimentary beginnings in ancient times through modern treatments and technologies, dentistry has been a constantly progressing area of the health sciences, as demonstrated by this new exhibit which was guest curated by San Francisco State University Master's candidate Mackenzie Kelly.

The exhibit includes instruments and treatment supplies from throughout much of history, focusing on the 18th and 19th centuries. It displays the evolution of fillings, toothbrushes, drills, dental mirrors and more. The exhibit also includes a feature focused on the University of the Pacific's connection to the field of dentistry, starting with the founding of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1896.

"I wanted to show the evolution of dentistry because it is truly remarkable how much the field has progressed in the last few centuries," said Kelly. "The exhibit focuses primarily on instruments and equipment to illustrate the continuous advancements and improvements in the field of dentistry. I wanted to let the objects speak for themselves."

The exhibit is on display daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm through April 22 in the Gerbode Gallery section of California Pacific Medical Center's (CPMC) Health Sciences Library. The library is located at 2395 Sacramento Street (at Webster Street) in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. The Health Sciences Library is a space jointly used by the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and CPMC.

Dental school students, faculty and staff can use their school identification badge to gain access to the library. Members of the public interested in seeing the exhibit are invited to buzz the Health Sciences Library staff from the main entrance to request special access to the exhibit.  

The exhibit's instruments on display are from the A.W. Ward Museum of Dentistry Collection, part of the Dugoni School's Institute of Dental History and Craniofacial Study. The Ward Museum was founded in 1974 in honor of Abraham Wesley Ward, a pioneer of surgical periodontics and a 1902 graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The museum accepts documents and preserves historical and modern artifacts related to the dental profession. The collection includes dental furniture, equipment, products, books, photographs, films and documents from the mid-1700s to recent times.

Category Type: General, Dental Issues and Research

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu