The Link Between Art & Dentistry


Dental Art: The Link Between Art & Dentistry

Dental Art and Sculpture 

While we often think of the field of dentistry as a medical discipline, have you considered that it’s also a field that encompasses artistry? For example, cosmetic dentistry blends dental science with the art of creating aesthetically beautiful smiles. Studies show that dental art throughout the ages also influences our perception of dentistry. With this in mind, let’s explore the relationship between dentistry, art and sculpture.

Dental Artistry in Prosthetics:

Have you stopped to consider that dentists and dental technicians employ their artistic skills to craft dentures, crowns, bridges, and implants? Their creations not only restore function, but also enhance aesthetics. The process involves meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that each prosthetic piece harmonizes with the patient’s natural teeth in shape, size, and color. These creations are, in essence, functional works of art that can transform a patient’s smile and boost self-confidence.

Dental Sculpture:

Dental art and sculpture have a history that dates back centuries. In ancient civilizations, early dental practitioners were skilled in carving dental prosthetics from materials such as ivory and bone. There’s evidence that these early dental “artists” created functional and intricately designed dental artifacts. Some of these ancient dental sculptures can still be found in museums today, serving as a testament to the blend of artistry and dentistry.

Finding Humor in Dental Art:

Dental cartoons and caricatures have entertained us for ages! While some dental-themed illustrations don’t portray dentistry in the best light, others lightheartedly poke humor at a typical trip to the dentist. Some may argue that cartoons, such as the one below, influence our feelings about going to the dentist—and perhaps they impact the way dentists today make an effort to prioritize patient comfort:


Tooth-Themed Art Installations:

The field of dentistry has served as a source of inspiration for artists all over the world. Years ago, dentistry was often portrayed barbarically by artists. Their artwork also exhibited class disparity. For example, the piece below shows a peasant unhygienically having his tooth extracted with forceps for the benefit an upperclass woman needing a tooth replacement:


Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827). 1787. Engraving. Reproduced with permission from the RCSEd

In recent years, tooth-themed art installations continue to challenge our perceptions of dentistry. Innovative works incorporate dental materials like acrylic resins and dental instruments to create thought-provoking sculptures. Some artists use dental impressions to cast unique tooth-shaped pieces, while others even incorporate real teeth into their creations:



As you can see, dental art and sculpture shows the fascinating interplay that can occur between science and creativity. Whether it’s in the precision of crafting dental prosthetics or the innovation of tooth-themed art installations, the world of dentistry is a canvas for artistic expression!

Want to check out our dental artistry? Contact Dr. E Cosmetic & Family Dentistry for your next appointment: 480-494-2435.