How a dentist's name became a synonym for a life-saving device: the story of Dr. Charles Stent

J Hist Dent. 2001 Jul;49(2):77-80.


Stents have been used in numerous medical disciplines, as well as in oral surgical procedures. Uses range from rebuilding mandibles and constructing new ureters, to keeping coronary arteries patent after angioplasty. The earliest use of the word "stent" to describe this item was in 1916, when a Dutch plastic surgeon described how he used a dental impression compound as a matrix around which to form tissue in the process of rebuilding a shattered face. What is generally unknown is that the word "stent" derives from the name of an English dentist, who invented this impression compound in 1856.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Dental Impression Materials / history
  • Dentists / history*
  • England
  • Eponyms*
  • History, 19th Century
  • Humans
  • Stents / history*
  • Surgery, Plastic / history
  • Terminology as Topic*


  • Dental Impression Materials

Personal name as subject

  • C Stent