In 1952, Per-Ingvar Branemark accidentally discovered that bone integrates with titanium while conducting a completely different experiment that had to do with blood flow characteristics. During the experiment, the scientist had to implant titanium into the bones of rabbits to be able to conduct his experiment. At the end of his project, he went to remove these implants that he had placed but he couldn’t remove them very easily. He discovered that the bone and the titanium had integrated together, and he coined the term “osseointegration” to explain the phenomenon. From this discovery, the world of hip replacements, knee replacements and our favorite dental implants opened.
Since the discovery of osseointegration, there have been multiple advances that have improved the success rate of single dental implants and implant supported dentures. One of the advances is the finish of the titanium on the dental implant. Initial dental implant procedures utilized titanium screws with a very smooth surface. Implant dentists now use implants with a treated surface that leaves a porous finish and inherently increases the surface area that a patient’s bone can integrate with.
>The doctors at New Image Dental Implant Center keep up to date with the latest advancements in implant dentistry and will strive to give you as a patient the best care. Although they cannot claim to have discovered the properties that have made dental implants possible, Dr. Miner has studied in depth and have practiced for many years, giving them a great knowledge of how dental implants work and how to best ensure their success. Please call us today to help you schedule a consultation so you can start the process of regaining your teeth.