In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he takes an ad for a dentist from an old newspaper and adds one of his cartoons to show what it probably was like to visit a dentist at that time.
“The subscriber respectfully informs the ladies and gentlemen of Rochester and vicinity that he will be happy to wait on them in the line of his profession at his room at the Eagle Tavern or, if requested, he will call at their dwellings. He has an entire new and easy method of inserting TEETH which method has given universal satisfaction to the subjects of its operation. He will insert any number from one to a full set and in most cases make them permanent and useful as natural teet, for mastication, and attended with little or no pain. He can also stop the decay of carious teeth and make them useful again for mastication and in almost every case remedy the trouble arising from the toothache without extracting or injuring the teeth in the least. He will likewise remove the tartar and all extraneous substances and restore the teeth to their native whiteness. If those who need any repairs of teeth as above stated will call on him, he will convince them or make no charge for his services.”
E. A. Bigelow – Dentist