Written by Dentistry Today Monday, 18 April 2011 15:02
An unlucky reptile about 275 million years felt the same, debilitating pain we feel today.
This particular reptile suffered the first confirmed case of a toothache. The jaw fossil for the Labidosaurus hamatus, which lived in what would be Oklahoma today, showed missing teeth had eroded the bone.
The research team at the University or Toronto Mississauga did a CT-scan and saw a major tooth infection that resulted in the loss of multiple teeth and an abscess.