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The History of Dental Implants

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The modern dental implant, as we know it, was placed by a young dentist named Dr. Leonard Linkow in 1952. At that time, almost 60 years ago, many medical and dental scholars had toyed with the idea of implanting titanium into various parts of the body in order to restore natural function. In fact, it was an orthopedist that first discovered that titanium could be readily accepted by the human body.

Archeologists have discovered that, more than 1,000 years before the modern titanium implant was placed, the ancient Mayan civilization had also explored the idea of permanent tooth replacement. Dating back as far as 600A.D. the Mayans appear to have used pieces of shell shaped like teeth to be inserted directly into the tooth socket. These crude attempts at using dental implants for tooth replacement were shockingly on track with the research ideology of the 1950’s. 

Research and clinical trials have proven that today’s dental implants can be used for much more than simply replacing a single tooth.

Today, your implant dentist will still recommend titanium as the material of choice for your dental implants. The technique for placing dental implants has become much more sophisticated. Highly accurate and advanced imaging is used to evaluate the anatomy of your bone and nerve pathways. By measuring in minute increments, this imaging allows your implant dentist to place your implant using a minimally invasive technique.

Research and clinical trials have proven that today’s dental implants can be used for much more than simply replacing a single tooth. Implants can be used to replace multiple teeth and support bridges. Dental implants are even effective for anchoring an entire denture.

A greater focus on overall health has increased the longevity of dental implants. Patients are interested in the tooth replacement solution that is best for their health and also conservative. They want teeth that not only last a lifetime, but also feel comfortable and look attractive. Your implant dentist understands these desires and is ready to share a wealth of information with you on the topic.

To find out more about dental implants, contact our experienced team at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery in Grapevine TX today.

 

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