Fall 2018

The Way We Were

A peek inside the school's 125th anniversary time capsule.

By Helene Ragovin

Fifty years from now, the dentists of the future will be able to get a glimpse of what life was like at the School of Dental Medicine in 2018, through the contents of a time capsule that was sealed at the school’s 150th anniversary gala. Will they find our adhesives primitive? Will they snicker at the cut of Dean Huw Thomas’s white coat? Or will they long for a simpler time when the tooth fairy left an average of $4.13 in exchange for a single incisor? Here, a peek at some of the capsule’s contents.

Top row: White coat belonging to Dean Huw F. Thomas; origami teeth, assembled from instructions on YouTube (despite inaccurate number of roots) by Christina Rizk, D19, and Emerly Hsu, D21. Second row: Glass ionomer materials; 3D-printed Jumbo on a molar, created by Alex Bernal, orthodontics dental assistant, using thermoplastic material; scrapbook of 150th anniversary events, with a tooth on the cover made of vintage watch parts by Melissa Ing, D89, associate professor; Fall 2017 issue of Tufts Dental Medicine and D18 senior biography book. Bottom row: Cements and resin-modified glass ionomer liner; flier of alumni events; tooth fairy doll; student ID from Catherine McKenna, D20, on her way to becoming a fourth-generation Tufts dentist; photo of student group practices from the clinics. Tufts Photo: Alonso Nichols


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