Discover the Evolution of Dental Implants

March 14, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drphillipteam @ 11:18 pm

Zirconia dental crown on black backgroundTraditional bridges and dentures aren’t the only methods of treating tooth loss. 500,000 people every year are replacing their lost teeth with dental implants. Although they’ve only recently gained popularity, researchers have found evidence of early dental implants throughout history. Here’s how early dental implants created the foundation for the most successful tooth replacement treatment used today.

Early Dental Implants

Archaeologists have found evidence of the ancient Mayans using carved stones and seashells in 600 A.D. The Chinese used a similar method around 600 A.D. with carved bamboo pegs. It wasn’t until 2000 years later that the Egyptians created metal pegs to replicate teeth. However, archeologists have also found similar pegs made from rare gems and ivory. Over the years, civilizations began using human and animal teeth.

Although early civilizations had the right ideas, their methods were used post-mortem because the process would have been excruciating and led to deadly infections. Over time, scientists used blends of gold and other metals to create dental implants, but they were often rejected by the body.

Modern Dental Implants

Dental implants experienced a major advancement in 1952. A surgeon discovered titanium’s ability to fuse with bone. By 1965, the first titanium implants were placed in a human. His method was widely accepted by dental professionals in 1982. 

Besides changes to materials, technology and other improvements have allowed dental implants to become the most successful method of replacing lost teeth. They have over a 95% success rate to last for decades with the correct care, like brushing and flossing.

Benefits of Dental Implants

A dental implant is currently the only treatment to mimic both the tooth root and the crown. This provides results that look and feel natural. You’ll enjoy several benefits not possible using any other technique, including:

  • Bone Preservation: Your jaw can shrink by 25% within the first year of losing a tooth because it isn’t being stimulated by the root. Bone loss can continue over time. A dental implant is the only method of preserving the jawbone because it replicates the tooth root.
  • Unmatched Biting Force: Your new tooth will have the support of your jaw, regaining up to 70% of your biting force. 
  • Cost-Effective: Dental implants should never need to be replaced with good oral hygiene and regular dental care.

Don’t settle for less than the best when replacing your lost teeth. Invest in the proven success of dental implants.

About Dr. George T. Philip

Dr. Philip earned his dental degree at the Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine and has continued his education to provide up-to-date services, like dental implants. He is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (972) 961-4105.

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