Dental implants are not a new concept. In fact, archaeologists can date the first dental implants clear back to 600 A.D. in the Mayan culture. Way back then shells, animal bones, and ivory were pounded into the jaw to replace missing teeth. Thankfully, dental implants have evolved over the years to provide greater comfort and aesthetics!
In a search for more aesthetic ways to replace teeth, several researchers experimented with various metals and even human bone as dental implant materials in the 1700s and 1800s. Unfortunately, the human bone caused adverse immune system reactions and the various metals wouldn’t anchor into the jawbone very easily.
The search continued into the 1950s when a Swedish researcher stumbled upon the remarkable compatibility of bone and titanium (a metal that has been used for hip replacements). His discovery stemmed continued research and perfecting of the modern dental implant as we know it today. It wasn’t until the 1980s that dental implant dentistry was officially introduced.
Since the official introduction of dental implants, technological advancements continue to shape implant dentistry for higher success rates and faster placement. Dental implants now have a success rate of over 90% and are one of the most effective tooth replacement options available.
At New Image Dental Implant Center in Denver, CO, we use the latest dental implant technology, including our new All-on-4™ system, which allows you to have an entire set of teeth replaced with just four dental implants! To learn more about our dental implant technology and options, call our Denver, CO office and schedule an initial consultation.