When people think of replacing teeth, modern dental implants from their dentist in Selden may come to mind. But how did we develop this great tooth restoration solution?
Believe it or not, you might want to pay homage to furry little bunny rabbits when you think of replacing your teeth. That may seem confusing, but when you get to know the history of dental implants and how dentistry has evolved over the years, you’ll understand the correlation!
Learn more about the amazing history of dental implants in this week’s blog post!
Where Did the Very First Dental Implants Come From?
If there’s ever been a consistent problem among humans, it’s tooth loss—and we’ve been working on a solution for years and years. In fact, Mayan skulls dating back to 600 AD show some evidence of proof of the very first dental implants. These were originally sea shells that had been filed down and placed into the jawbone as tooth replacements.
These primitive attempts at implant dentistry probably weren’t painless, aesthetically pleasing, nor effective like they are now. But there is proof that we’ve always had the right idea about replacing missing teeth from the root to the crown, acknowledging that an effective replacement needs to fuse with the jaw.
The Development of Modern Dental Implants
Dental implants continued gradually advancing although they didn’t have much success over the following years. In the mid-1800s dentists began experimenting with metal and gold alloys as a medium. Unfortunately, they found again and again that the body rejected these materials as they weren’t compatible with the body’s genetic makeup.
In fact, it wasn’t until the middle of the last century that an effective solution was accidentally discovered. While studying bone regeneration in rabbits, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark (a Swedish physician) found that titanium was fusing bone materials together.
Over the next following years, dentists and doctors alike applied the same theory to implant dentistry to discover that dental implant placement was more successful with titanium material! It fixed the problem of implants being repeatedly rejected by the body because it was completely biocompatible, naturally fusing with the jaw.
Our Dental Implant Options Now
You may be surprised to find that the success of dental implants now stands at least 95%! There are many options available in implant dentistry to address a variety of problems with tooth loss, including combining implants with:
- A dental crown to replace a single tooth.
- A dental bridge to replace consecutive missing teeth.
- A partial denture to replace multiple, sporadic missing teeth throughout the smile.
- Complete dentures to rebuild a whole arch of teeth or both arches for a new smile altogether.
Thankfully, through the failures and continued attempts to figure out implant dentistry, we were able to discover a successful way to replace teeth so that you can enjoy a full smile again!
About Our Office
Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino believes in the power of replacing teeth with dental implants. Our office provides only effective solutions to your dental concerns, so you can trust us with your restoration process and recovery. Learn more about how we can help you by scheduling a consultation today!