This year marks JADA's 100th year of publication. To commemorate its centennial, JADA is revisiting landmark articles that have been published during its 100-year history. Each month, JADA will publish a landmark article in its entirety, along with newly written commentary about it. Below you will find information about the most recently released JADA centennial landmark articles and accompanying commentaries, each of which is available for download.
- From January: A Century of Progress
- From February: The X-ray in Dental Practice: The Crime of the Age
- From March: The Dental Education Problem
- From April: The Development of the Human Dentition
- From May: Hydraulic Turbine Contra-Angle Handpiece
Summary: The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), originally published as the Official Bulletin of the National Dental Association, is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2013.
The X-ray in dental practice:
Commentary: The X-ray in dentistry, and the legacy of C. Edmund Kells
Commentary: The Contributions of Dr. Gies
(8 pages; PDF)
By Issac Schour, DDS, PhD; Maury Massler, DDS, MS
Originally published: July 1941 in The Journal of the American Dental Association
Commentary: A Landmark Report on Understanding the Human Dentition
Summary: As noted in the commentary, this JADA Landmark article by Drs. Isaac Schour and Maury Massler “proved to a starting point for recognition of normal development of the dentition and occlusion, forming the basis of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.” Originally published in July of 1941, the article has gone on to be one of the most cited articles in dental literature. It also produced development tables and charts (see image) that were frequently used upon publication, and continue to be referenced in educational settings.
(6 pages; PDF)
By Robert J. Nelsen, DDS.; Carl E. Pelander; John W. Kumpula
Originally published: March 1953 in The Journal of the American Dental Association
Commentary: How the development of the high-speed turbine handpiece changed the practice of dentistry
Summary: This 1953 article by Dr. Robert J. Nelsen, Carl E. Pelander and John W. Kumpula helped pave the way for using increased rotary speeds in tooth-cutting procedures. Dr. Nelsen and colleagues went on to create the prototype for the first commercially produced dental handpiece with the turbine placed in the head of the handpiece. Drs. J. Robert Eshleman and David C. Sarrett explain how high-speed air turbine handpieces improved dentistry for both dentists and patients, sparking a practice transformation, arguably, more rapid than any the profession has ever seen. Commentary includes an interview with five dentists who were in dental school when the handpieces made their debut in the 1960s.