March 10, 2022
If you’re missing one or more teeth and want a permanent solution, dental implants may be for you. these titanium screws are inserted directly into the jawbone, where they fuse with it through a process called osseointegration to become as stable as your natural teeth. Though dental implants are an excellent way to fill in gaps in your grin and prevent oral health issues, they were always as sturdy and dependable as they are now. Read on to learn about how dental implants have evolved over time to become the revolutionary restorations we know today.
Dental Implants in Ancient Times
Around the year 600 A.D., the first dental implants were created in China. They were made from bamboo that was carved into pegs. Egyptians also made carved pegs in 1000 B.C., but theirs were made from precious metals. This is the first recorded use of metal dental implants. Additionally, archeologists have discovered pegs made of rare gems like jade as well as ivory. Small pieces of seashells and carved stones were also found embedded in the jaws of ancient Mayans. In some cases, they had even begun to fuse with the bone!
Dental Implant Developments
European scientists tried to use different blends of gold and other metal alloys as well as silver and porcelain to create implants between the 1500s and 1800s. They tried using tubes made from a very hard, brittle, metal called iridium. Additionally, teeth were also taken from deceased and underprivileged people during this time and transplanted into the mouths of the wealthy.
Modern Dental Implants
The 1900s were when big improvements were made to dental implants. Dr. EJ Greenfield placed a cylinder made of iridio-platinum and soldered with gold in 1913 to replace a patient’s missing tooth. In the 1930s, doctors and brothers Moses and Alvin Strock experimented with Vitallium orthopedic screw fixtures. They implanted them in the mouths of both humans and dogs. The Strock brothers are thought to be the first people to succeed at placing implants.
In 1938, Dr. P.B. Adams patented an implant that featured both internal and external threading as well as a healing cap to encourage tissue repair and a smooth gingival (gum) collar. Drs. F. Zepponi Manlio and Formiggini developed an implant with a stainless-steel spiral design that let the bone of the jaw grow into the metal in the 1940s. The design was later modified by Spanish doctor Perron Andres to include a solid shaft.
In 1952, an orthopedic surgeon learned that titanium fuses with bone. This led to the belief that titanium may be the best material for dental implants. The first titanium dental implant was placed in 1965, and the version we’re familiar with today began to gain traction in the 1970s.
Dental implants have evolved a lot over the years to become the reliable, lifelike restorations that are used today to complete patients’ smiles. If you’re interested in using them to replace missing pearly whites, speak with your dentist to see if they’re the right option for you!
About the Practice
If missing teeth are keeping you from feeling confident in your smile, Dr. Mark Givan and his team of exceptional Fort Worth oral health professionals are here to help. They offer high-quality dental implants and on-site placement surgery so you can enjoy your new and improved smile as soon as possible. To make an appointment with Dr. Mark Givan or for more information on dental implants, call his office at (817) 926-5556 or visit his website.
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