The History of Dental Implants

As the leading tooth replacement option of today, it seems like dental implants would be a somewhat recent technological advancement.

Think again! The first dental implants date back more than 1,300 years to the ancient Mayans and Egyptians. Here’s a timeline of the history of dental implants.

Ancient History: During these ancient times, the Mayans and Egyptians hammered small pieces of shell and ivory into their gums to serve as replacement teeth.

1700s: Human donors are employed to replace teeth, but the process is unsuccessful due to infection from the foreign materials used during the implant process.

1800s: Gold, platinum, and other metal alloys are used experimentally to see how they react with the human body. These metals are placed into the sockets where teeth had recently been removed. Infection usually set in before scientists could test the success of the implants.

1952: A doctor in Sweden discovers the fusing ability of titanium when he screws a titanium bolt into the leg of an animal and the bolt fuses to the animal’s bone. Although this discovery was made completely by accident, it soon becomes apparent that titanium implants can be placed into human jaw bones and will eventually fuse together, creating a stable replacement for lost teeth.

1965: Modern dental implants make their world debut! The process of implanting titanium in bone for the purpose of rooting prosthetic teeth begins.

1982: The Toronto Conference on Osseointegration in Clinical Dentistry creates the first guidelines for successful implant dentistry.

2002: An ADA survey shows that oral and oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, and general dentists near double the number of implants performed per dentist between 1995 and 2002.

Today: Dental implants are the number one tooth replacement procedure.

Will you add dental implants to your own personal history? If you’re missing teeth, dental implants offer a stable, attractive, and permanent solution to fill the gaps in your smile. Also, because of their power to fuse to your jaw bone, dental implants come as close as possible to natural teeth.

Dr. Randy LaFrom uses dental implants to give his patients beautiful, complete, and healthy smiles that will last a lifetime. If you have one or more missing teeth, call LaFrom Dentistry, serving Cupertino, San Jose, and the surrounding areas, at (408) 996-8595 to reserve your consultation appointment time. Once he has determined if you can benefit from dental implants, Dr. LaFrom will design your smile restoration and your treatment will begin.

~ by cupertinodentist on July 26, 2011.

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