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Aug
19

Who Invented Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

As long as humans have been missing teeth, we’ve been looking for ways to replace them.

Primitive evidence of dental implants includes:

  • Circa 2000 B.C. bamboo pegs were used as tooth replacements in China
  • 1000 B.C. shows the first copper tooth replacement was tried out in Egypt
  • An iron tooth was found in a man who lived in France around 300 B.C.

In some cases, it’s uncertain whether the implant was placed while the person was living (ouch) or after they died for esthetic purposes.

Goodbye Bamboo. Here’s to Modern Materials

As implant technology forged ahead, one major challenge became clear: finding the right material for implants.

Materials people have attempted over the years included gems, sea shells, and the teeth of other humans or animals.

The issue is that living bone tissue is rather picky. Implants needs just the right material in order to go through a process called “osseointegration.” That’s when bone successfully accepts and grows around the “new tooth” as a foreign object.

Around the year 1952, an orthopedic surgeon named Per-Ingvar Brånemark found that titanium worked nicely in animal tests for healing bones. He placed the first titanium dental implant in 1965 and it was a hit.

Implants today are far and away cleaner, prettier, healthier, and safer than their counterparts of centuries ago. Dental implants are considered to be among the more predictably successful dental procedures.

Getting a dental implant is often preferred over getting a partial denture because:

  • Implants look like natural teeth
  • You can clean implants the same as natural teeth
  • You aren’t limited for diet options with implants

If you’re thinking about getting implants, contact your local dentist to see what options are available.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

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