February 28, 2016
In the world of dentistry, there’s perhaps no story quite as interesting as the evolution of dental implants. What is now a rather simple procedure with a high success rate wasn’t, well, it wasn’t always that way. Keep reading to learn about the treatment’s long history, and then how dental implants can change your life today!
Shells, Bones and Blades: Dental Implants’ (Painful) Beginning
Missing teeth have plagued humans for ages. Mayan skulls dating from 600 A.D. show the first evidence of dental implants: carved shells, or replacement teeth, crudely inserted into the bottom jaw. It wasn’t the most comfortable solution, but these very first implants were certainly better than nothing — in fact, radiographs taken in the 1970s of these Mayan mandibles show bone formation around the implanted shells. Yes, they were certainly onto something…
The trend continued and by the middle of the 20th century, folks were experimenting with dental implantation in a big way. In 1966, the US and the USSR were in the thick of the Space Race and a man named Dr. Linkow presented something interesting: blade dental implants. That’s right, dental implants with blades. These razor sharp implants were placed directly into the gum and, not surprisingly, didn’t have much more success than previous models. Only providing a successful replacement about half the time, most blade implants became infected, loose and had to be removed.
Things didn’t look very promising until a few years later, when an important discovery was made.
Discovery: It’s all About the Bone
The problem with each of the previous solutions is that they’re missing one thing: osseointegration. Thanks to a man and a bunch of rabbits, we now know that titanium fuses to bone for a super-sturdy foundation. Physician and professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark was studying bone regeneration in rabbits and discovered that when he tried to remove a titanium chamber from the bone, the two had become integrated — and further studies confirmed that the material titanium could in fact become one with bone.
What was the eventual result? Super sturdy, osseointegrated dental implants — today’s best replacement for missing teeth.
Dental Implants: Advanced Technology for Stronger Teeth
If you’ve known anyone who had dental implants just a couple of decades ago, they had a much different experience from those who have dental implants today. That’s because now, with advanced technology like 3D images and computer-guided implant surgery, your Carrollton implant surgeons can perform excellent implant options like All-on-4 dental implants, Teeth in an Hour and of course traditional implants — which are now better than ever.
If you’re interested in learning how today’s dental implants can transform your smile, don’t wait to contact On Point Dentistry in Carrollton. We’ve helped so many of our Carrollton neighbors replace teeth with the latest in dental implant technology. Come see what we can do for you today!
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