History of Dental Implants
Dental implants were created to provide permanent, stable solutions to replace any missing teeth. At South Austin Dental, we have completed hundreds of successful dental implant procedures that have changed the lives of people.
First Recorded Uses of Dental Implants
Early civilizations knew the importance of repairing any missing teeth. There have been records of early attempts to reconstruct teeth during the Mayan Civilization, dating back to 600 AD.
Archaeologists have found skulls with replacement teeth made of jade, carved stone, and seashell pieces. Despite the primitive methods and materials that were used, some skulls showed successful dental implants that were fused to the bone. Without anesthetics, the procedure was probably very painful. In China, around 4,000 years ago, bamboo pegs were used to replace missing teeth. 2,000 years ago, Ancient Egyptians used precious metal for pegging into the jawbones. An Egyptian King from 1,000 BC was found to have a metal implant, while others were known to have transplanted artificial teeth made of jade and ivory.
Dental Implants in 1950s
During the 1950s, a new technology for dental implants was born; it was known to be more comfortable and advanced in terms of restoring teeth to healthy condition. Professor Brånemark accidentally discovered that titanium could fuse onto the living bone. This process was known as osseointegration. He found that prosthetic crowns could be fixed into the jaw through a screw post. Gosta Larsson was the first human to receive a dental implant in 1965. He passed away in 2006 with the original implants still in place after 40 years.
Modern Use of Dental Implants
Orthopedic surgeons, clinicians, dentists, and other oral health professionals have found that dental implants have the highest rates of success when it comes to missing teeth. Dental implants can be used with dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures, even for just a single missing tooth. Now, implants come in all sorts of sizes and shapes to suit the different teeth we have. The surfaces seamlessly integrate with the rest of the teeth. They have a rough surface to increase the surface area where the bone can be attached, improving the osseointegration process.
The modern face of dental implants has ensured a very low failure rate. Patients who receive process treatment and excellent surgical procedures can expect a 20-year success rate 98% of the time. The prosthetics should be designed for specific bone densities, function, aesthetics, health, and cleaning ease. In comparison, root canals, crowns, and bridges only have a 10-year success rate 80% of the time. This proves that dental implants are the way to go when you have missing teeth.
At South Austin Dental, Dr. Radwanski and Wayne C. Radwanski, DDS can check if you are eligible for dental implants to restore any missing teeth. Call (512) 441-8922 to book an appointment.