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The marvelous success of modern dental practice is founded upon two main elements, viz., mechanical skill and medicinal precision. In regard to the first named element, mechanical skill, the profession has been noted for that for many years. The best practitioners of fifty years ago were famed for artistic taste and metallurgic technique, for they produced beautiful work, and which in its way has never been surpassed. So far as mere jewelery work is concerned, there has been but little real advance, but there has been tremendous progress made in the extension of the applications of gold plate work to the purposes of prosthetic restoration. We need only refer to the exquisite gold crown and bridge work, so much in use now, to be reminded of the greatly increased usefulness of this wonderful metal. The rapid development of this work has been the most conspicuous feature of advance of the
THOMPSON AH. THE PROGRESS OF MODERN METHODS IN DENTAL PRACTICE. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(11):519–521. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430630021002h
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