The History of Dental Implants

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Believe it or not, dental implants aren’t a new idea. In fact, people were experimenting with dental implants as early as 4,000 years ago in ancient China, using carved pieces of bamboo to replace missing teeth. Other remains have shown evidence of dental implants crafted from metal spikes, animal teeth, and even seashells. Literature from the 1800s talks about doctors experimenting with placing implants that came from cadavers and even animals, a feat that most likely ended with an infection and the rejection of the foreign tooth. The main issue with many of the early attempts to place dental implant was the fact that bone doesn’t integrate with other materials very well. The process of osseointegration requires a sanitary object, proper blood flow and a foreign body that mimics natural bone tissue—requirements that weren’t understood until the 1950s.

In 1952, a bone surgeon named Per-Ingvar Brånemark was studying healing and bloodflow, and decided to place two titanium cylinders through a rabbits thigh to see how the area would heal around it. When he tried to remove the cylinders a few weeks later, they wouldn’t budge, and Brånemark realized that the bone had fused with the titanium. Brånemark continued his research, placed the first dental implants in a live patient about ten years later, and is considered the father of modern dental implants.

Dental Implants at Oak Park Dental

Dental implant research has continued to evolve over the last forty years, and the versions available on today’s market are better than ever before. In addition to using titanium posts that are designed to mimic the natural surface of bone tissue to improve adhesion, modern implants are also stronger, longer lasting, and more realistic looking than older models. In fact, modern dental implants are so natural looking that most people can’t tell the difference between implants and natural teeth—even when they look up close.

At Oak Park Dental, we are proud to offer dental implants in Madison, WI, and we know that you will love your new teeth. We only use the best products and the newest proven technologies, and our clinicians have restored thousands of implants over the years. Dr. Gyurina has undergone hundreds of hours in continuing education classes to hone her dental implant restoration skills, and she can’t wait to give you the smile you have been dreaming about. Contact Oak Park Dental, your Madison dentist, today.

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