Contemporary Dentistry

Amazing Animal Teeth

The Remarkable Reasons Beavers Can Chew Down Trees with Their Teeth

In 1975, the beaver was named the official state animal of New York. The decision was not without controversy, because the animal had already been claimed by Oregon 6 years prior. However, legislators and the governor felt that the animal’s ties to New York were too strong to ignore. In the early 1600s, a beaver [...]

How the Goblin Shark’s Jaws Help It Survive in Its Harsh Surroundings

The ocean is filled with fascinating animals with fascinating teeth. Take the titan triggerfish for example, which has teeth almost comically similar to humans’, used for cracking open crustaceans (and, sometimes, for biting divers who get too close to their eggs). Or, peer into the mouth of an umbrella slug (through a microscope, of course!), [...]

What We Can Learn from Koala Teeth

Koalas may look cute, but they live a hard life. Not only are they riddled with disease and stereotyped as lazy – mostly due to their nutrient-starved diet – koalas typically don’t even die of old age; they usually die of starvation. Koalas are one of the few animals that survive solely on a diet [...]

CT Scans Help Reveal Secrets of Whale Teeth and Jaws

We live in a truly remarkable age of technology. Not only can we use dental implants to replace lost teeth, but with the amazing power of cone beam CT (computed tomography), we can get detailed images of your jawbone before surgery that lets us plan your procedure in advance [...]

The Real Rockbiters: How Parrotfish Crunch Coral

In the nostalgic classic film The Neverending Story, one of the engaging minor characters is a rockbiter, a giant who lives by eating rocks (and whose messy eating habits cause trouble for his friends). The rockbiter was designed to seem alien and his habits are supposed to seem fantastic. But eating rock isn’t really that [...]