Dental implants are a remarkable technology for restoring your smile. So far, over three million people have discovered the benefits of this amazing way to replace missing teeth. And over half a million more people are fitted with dental implants each year.
The reason modern dental implants remain secure in your mouth is because they bond with your jawbone in much the same manner as your natural teeth do.
Titanium Posts and the Magic of Osseointegration
Dental implants are anchored to your jaw with a titanium post and titanium is a biocompatible material. This means that through a process known as osseointegration, the titanium post forms a remarkably strong bond with your jawbone that will hold the dental implant in place for years to come.
In 1952, a Swedish researcher and physician Per-Ingvar Brånemark discovered that titanium is the perfect material for anchoring dental implants in place. You see, in addition to being biocompatible, titanium is also lightweight and very strong.
Today dental implants are “the most advanced solution for replacing missing teeth.” But people had been searching for the right material to replace missing teeth for thousands of years before Dr. Branemark’s breakthrough made modern dental implants possible.
Dental Implants in the Ancient World
However, before the twentieth-century people had limited knowledge about chemistry. So they basically just tried to replace teeth with whatever materials they could find.
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that all of the attempts to develop dental implants before the twentieth century were unsuccessful. But our ancestors were very creative at coming up with new methods and materials for replacing their missing teeth. Here are some of the more interesting examples of materials they attempted to use for dental implants:
- Shell implants—ancient Mayans
- Bamboo peg implants—ancient Chinese
- Copper implants—ancient Egyptians
- Iron implants—Ancient Celts
The Scientific Pioneers Who Made Dental Implants a Reality
It took thousands of years of human progress to give us the technology which made modern dental implants a reality. In addition to Dr. Branemark, numerous other dentists and researchers have made breakthroughs that led to the discovery of this sensational technology for restoring your smile. Here are some of their names listed with their achievements:
- Formiggini Zepponi–advanced the spiral stainless steel design implants, allowing bone to grow into the metal
- The Strock Brothers–first successful endosteal (in the bone) dental implant
- Perron Andres—designed a solid shaft for the construction of dental implants
- Raphael Chercheve–advanced the spiral design by creating burs to enhance insertion of the implant
- Lee—first to use an endosseous (within the bone) implant with a central post
Learn More about Dental Implants in Bishop
Modern dental implants have a fascinating history which makes them the premier technology for restoring your smile. Please contact our office at Skyline Dental in Bishop to discover more about what dental implants can do for you.