The History of Dental Implants

Illustration of a dental implant topped with a dental crown.

Throughout history, you can find evidence in a variety of cultures of attempts at dental implants. From the ancient Egyptians to Mayan culture in Honduras, people have been trying to replace gaps in their smiles. Back then, materials like wood, stones, or seashells were used to mimic the tooth. Unfortunately, they didn’t last very long. Nowadays, dentists use biocompatible material for the implant and custom-made porcelain for the restoration. Your new tooth will match the look and feel of your other natural teeth.

How Did We Get the Modern-Day Dental Implant?

For hundreds of years, people struggled to make dental implants last for the long-term. The body and the jawbone rejected implants because it wouldn’t fuse to the bone. But that all started to change in 1952. Dr. Branemark, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, was researching bone healing when he discovered that a small titanium cylinder fused with the bone. After decades of research, the modern-day dental implant became available in 1978.

Dental Implants Today

The process of getting a dental implant today starts when your dentist surgically inserts a titanium post into your jaw where you are missing a tooth. Over a period of a few months, the jawbone fuses with the post and it becomes strong and stable, mimicking the actual tooth root. Finally, a dental crown is put on top. Over the years, technology has refined dental implants, and now it’s easier than ever to customize implants and crowns to match the rest of your teeth. Implants can be used for a single tooth, for a dental bridge or to support dentures.

Are You in Need of a Dental Implant?

With the right oral care routine, dental implants can last for years, if not a lifetime. The success rate is incredibly high. No wonder it’s the most popular dental restoration procedure. Leesburg Family Dental provides quality dental implants from start to finish. You won’t have to go to another dentist for any part of the procedure. Schedule a consultation with us today if you want to learn more.

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