Researchers using Computerized Tomography Scans on the head of a 2100 year old Egyptian Mummy were stunned to see the level of dental problems as well as unique treatment for a seriously decayed molar. The scans show evidence of severe wear ( due to diet), severe cavities and a sinus infection due to multiple abscessed teeth.
Dentistry was common in ancient Egypt but the use of medicated linen in this case has led researchers to believe there was the existence of Dental Specialists practicing interventional medicine.
They determined that this was a wealthy young man in his 20s or early 30’s but could not determine a cause of death. Experts say the pain the man suffered would have been excruciating and would have posed a serious health risk. There is another account of a mummified Pharaoh whose cause of death was determined to be from a septicemia caused by a seriously infected molar.
By Brian R. Guldbek, D.D.S.