Missing teeth has been an issue that people have had to deal with since the beginning of humanity. For thousands of years, people have suffered from tooth loss and have attempted to remedy the issue. Fortunately, modern day offers amazing solutions like dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants provide a stable, long-term solution with an artificial tooth root fused to the jaw bone to mimic natural teeth. Modern dental implants have an amazing track record of lasting results that will usually end up lasting a patient’s lifetime. Today Dr. Jeffery Platt from Lasting Impressions Dental Care in Colorado Springs, CO discusses a brief history of dental implants.
Dental implants have been traced back thousands of years. Even at this point in history people recognized the importance of dental health because chewing raw food was a part of survival. The earliest attempts at dental implants trace back to the Mayan civilization in 600 A.D. Various materials have been used for dental implants from carved stones to fragments of seashells.
The discovery of osseointegration, the fusion of an implant to the jaw bone, was they key component that led to the success of modern dental implants. A Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Perlngvar Branemark, was studying how bones heal in 1952 when he noticed he couldn’t remove a titanium cylinder he placed in the bone. Branemark noticed that the bone had grown so closed to the titanium that it had actually fused with the metal. Up until that point, doctors had struggled to find a material that wouldn’t be rejected by the body. Dental implants were initially used for people who had lost so much of their jaw bone that they had difficult time stabilizing or tolerating dentures.
Today, implants are the preferred solution for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. Modern implants can also vary in shapes and sizes to replicate a patient’s natural smile. The success rate of dental implants in patients is extraordinarily high and have been found to be a life-long solution. Other tooth replacement options like dentures or bridges take a lot of upkeep and have to eventually be replaced. Dental implants act just like natural teeth and will last the rest of a patient’s life.
Modern dental implants have come a long way since its primitive beginnings. Dental implants are the preferred, long-lasting solution to restore smiles. If you have any questions regarding dental implants, contact our offices in Colorado Springs, CO. If you’d like to find out what dental implants can do for your smile and oral health, schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Jeffery Platt.