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History of Dental Implants
The dental implant has become one of the most innovative ways to replace missing teeth. While rather new to the public, dental implants have actually been around for ages. Dating back to ancient times, dental implants have only become revolutionized within the last 50 years.
There are definitely tooth replacement options that have been around longer than dental implants, but that is not to say that implants are brand new. Understanding the history of dental implants may help someone considering their options to make a decision. In this article, we go over the history behind the implants used in dentistry.
History of dental implants
Want to know more about the history of dental implants? Read on to find out more.
Dental implants are said to originate from China in 2000 B.C. However, they were much different than they are today. Instead of titanium, dental implants were made of bamboo. Today, implants are shaped more like screws but they originally were shaped as pegs, being much less angular.
Egypt 1000 B.C.
The next record of the use of dental implants was in Egypt during 1000 B.C. This dental implant was said to be made of metal, which is also the first recorded metal dental implant. The dental implant was made of copper materials within an Egyptian king’s mouth after his death.
The discovery of the copper dental implant led to future implants being made of metal materials. Today, it has been said that the titanium dental implant goes back all the way to the Egyptian king in 1000 B.C.
In 300 B.C., a person’s jawbone was recorded as having the first iron dental implant. The implant appeared to have been hammered into place, which at the time would have caused an immense amount of pain due to the lack of pain management.
In the late 1800s, a doctor performed a tooth replacement with a porcelain crown mounted to a platinum disc. While this did provide a short-term solution, it did not in the long-term due to the lack of fusing that was required. This attempt at a dental implant for tooth replacement did help with later discoveries.
In 1952, a surgeon discovered the necessary parts to create a successful dental implant — titanium. Although not available to the public until 1965, the dental implant made of titanium did become successful. Today, dental practices all over the world have a high success rate of these titanium dental prosthetics. While credit cannot be given to one specific time period, it is noteworthy that there is a rich history behind this method of tooth replacement.
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