The History of Dental Implants

The History of Dental Implants at State Street Dental
There are several options available for replacing missing teeth. The most popular option today is dental implants. Implants involve the use of small posts, typically titanium, to provide support for replacement teeth. The posts are surgically placed in your jawbone. As you heal, your bone fuses to these posts, integrating them in a process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes them, allowing them to provide secure support for your new teeth. State Street Dental provides dental implant solutions for many different needs. However, just how did this incredible treatment come to be?

The Early History of Dental Implants

Dental implants are often thought to be a modern development. While the implants we know and use today are the result of modern research and development, the very first dental implants date back thousands of years. Their use has also been discovered in different cultures in all different parts of the world, including Egypt, the Middle East, and Rome.

Based on findings of ancient skeletons, most dental implants, while made from many different materials, were placed after death. They were believed to have been placed on preparing the body for the afterlife. One of the most interesting discoveries, however, came from a young Mayan woman dating back to about 600 AD. It was found that her implant, made of seashell and bone, was placed while she was still alive. This was evidenced by the fusion of her jawbone to the implant.

The Making of Modern Implants

The implants we use today were the result of an accidental discovery made in the 1950s. During this time, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon by the name of Per-Ingvar Brånemark was working on bone healing and regeneration. At one point during his research, he placed a piece of titanium in the femur of a rabbit. Later, when he tried to remove it, he found that the bone of the femur had begun to fuse to the cylinder, and it could not be easily removed. What he had discovered was osseointegration.

This discovery led Brånemark to conduct further research and development. Eventually, he developed the first dental implants, and successfully placed them in 1965. Even with this successful placement, research and development continued. Brånemark entered into a partnership with Bofors AB, now Nobel Industries. This company helped him to develop and market implant products. Eventually, Nobelpharma, now called Nobel Biocare, was founded. This company focuses solely on dental implants. Today, Nobel Biocare is the industry leader when it comes to dental implant products.

The Future of Dental Implants

Even to this day, research and development continue. The goal is to improve the strength and success of dental implants. Continued developments have made implants more widely available, giving options to patients suffering all kinds of tooth loss. Research is also being done into alternative materials in an attempt to find another material as strong and reliable as titanium, but that does not contain metal. So far, the most promising material has been zirconia. There is no doubt that continued research and development will continue to improve upon this incredible tooth replacement solution.

Dental implants are a highly effective treatment for replacing missing teeth. With new developments constantly being made, they are becoming much more widely available, able to meet the needs of more and more patients. If you have suffered tooth loss, call State Street Dental at (971) 332-3020 to schedule your appointment and find out if dental implants are right for you.

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