A Brief Look at the History of Dental Implants

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
October 21, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into a patient’s jaw to securely hold a replacement tooth or bridge. There are many benefits of Jenkintown dental implants, including:
  • Enhanced appearance
  • Improved ability to eat and speak
  • Long-lasting
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Improved oral health
Implant dentistry has proven to be a successful, natural-looking option for people who have lost one or several teeth for many years. Think you might be a candidate for implants in Jenkintown? Let’s first take a look at the history of this successful restorative treatment.

Dental Implants ImageEarly look at dental implants

Most people think of implants as a relatively new procedure. But did you know dental implants date all the way back to ancient Mayan civilization? Since the beginning of time people have been attempting to find the best solution for tooth loss. These methods are thought to have included using other people’s teeth, animal teeth and seashells, which were inserted into empty tooth sockets.
It wasn’t until the early 1950’s that dental implants as we know them were introduced by Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark. During a routine research study in which a titanium metal cylinder was screwed into the bone of an animal test subject, Branemark and his team came across a ground-breaking observation: the titanium had naturally fused with the bones. He named this process osseointeregraion, the same proven process we use to successfully insert implants today.

Dental implants today

Since Branemark’s remarkable discovery more than 60 years ago, the process and technology for implants has undergone several improvements. Advanced modifications have allowed for increased healing time, more affordable materials and less invasive installation. Today’s implants are also biocompatible, which means that our bodies don’t reject the material used to make implants.
Dental implants have been around for thousands of years. And with an impressive 95-98% success rate, implants are the preferred solution for tooth loss today. Millions of people have used dental implants to solve their tooth loss problems and successfully restore their smiles—and confidence.

Call Cary J. Limberakis, DMD for Dental Implants

Want to learn if you’re a candidate for dental implants in Jenkintown? Dr. Limberakis is highly qualified and experienced to restore your smile with implant dentistry. Simply contact our office or schedule your appointment online today!
Have you had the dental implant procedure? Tell us about it, we would be very interested to hear about it!


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