The Long History Of Dental Implants

Dental Implant PictureModern dental implants have been shown to be extremely successful with a success rate of around 95%. Additionally, scientific research and years of clinical use has successfully demonstrated the usefulness in replacing missing teeth with high quality dental implants. Here is some information about the path dental implants took to get to the level of success they have reached today.

Many early civilizations saw the benefit of tooth replacement with implants made of various hand crafted and naturally occurring materials. It has since become evident that dental implants have been used by humans for thousands of years with varying degrees of success.

The earliest attempts at utilizing dental implant tooth replacements appear to be spread around the globe. Early Chinese dentists used bamboo, metals and other materials to replace teeth. Egyptians used Ivory and stone. Mayans used materials ranging from carved stones, to fragments of seashell. Surprisingly, some of these early implants actually fused to the jawbone and appear to have been functional as well as beautiful.

Modern Day Implants

Modern day dental implants and the process of installation has come a long way since ancient times. In 1952, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon had difficulty removing small titanium cylinders he had placed in rabbit ears. The study was initially intended to show how bone healed, but it ended up demonstrating the special properties of titanium when it fuses to bone. The process was dubbed osseointegration and it is the biological basis of modern day dental implant success.

Dental implants were first introduced for people who had lost all of their teeth and who had great difficulty stabilizing or tolerating dentures, largely because they had lost so much of the jawbone upon which dentures rest. It was well known even then that osseointegration is best in dense bone, generally in the front part of the lower jaw.

Today’s Dental Implants

Most dental implants today are used to replace single or multiple missing or damaged teeth. The first implants were basically a one-size-fits-all design with only one basic length available. Additionally, the original surfaces of the implants were smooth and polished by machine to look just like all other dental implants.

Today’s dental implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes to perfectly match the different teeth they replace. Their surfaces of these new implants have been improved to enhance the osseointegration process and help patients regain tooth look, feel and function. Many implants look and feel so genuine that patients forget they even have dental implants.

Come See Dr. Griffin For All Your Dental Implant Needs

Here at Advanced Dental Center of Florence we believe all of our patients deserve superior dental care and the best services at the most affordable costs. Dental implants are one such exceptional service available from one of our amazing doctors. So, if you live in the Florence, SC area and want to know more about how you can repair damaged teeth with dental implants, call us for a consultation today. If you still have questions about dental implants, please feel free to check out our specially created dental implants website where you can learn more about the process, benefits or financing for a gorgeous new smile. Call us today for your no-obligation dental implants appointment and get started on getting your best smile ever.