Evolution of Dental Implants

The evidence says that for over a thousand years, civilizations have tried to solve the issue of tooth loss by implanting some kind of foreign material into the jawbone. Archaeologists have found pieces of seashells and carved stones embedded in the jaws of some ancient Mayans back in 600 A.D. In some instances it has also been discovered that these early implants were fused to the bone.

Evolution Dental Implants

Dental implants have made a lot of progress since then. In the 1950s, the most significant advancement occurred in this field with the discovery of the fact that titanium has an inherent property which helps it to form a direct physical bond with living bone tissues. This discovery was done by a Swedish Orthopedic Surgeon when he found accidentally that he is unable to remove the titanium optic chambers he had implanted sometime before in the leg bones of a rabbit. This bone fusion was later coined and in today’s date, it serves as the biological basis for the incredible success of modern dental implants.

Titanium has the unique feature of fusing directly into the bone, so it started to shape itself like the root of the tooth. Today, many implant manufacturers in the world create the root form of dental implants. It comes in different widths and lengths, but the underlying width is the same.

In these 40 years, it has been found that the surface attribute of titanium implant affect the speed with which it fuses into the bone. Earlier, dental implants were surfaced smooth, but now with improved understanding, it has been found that bone likes to grow against a roughened surface. So, now the implant process takes just six weeks with roughened surface instead of earlier smooth implants which took around 6 months.

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