History of Dental Implants
Serving Portland and Hawthorne
Archaeologists have reported that dental implants have been around since early civilizations and as early as 600 A.D. The first known recorded dental implant occurred almost 1400 years ago and instead of titanium rods- shells, rocks or stones were used instead. The value of functioning teeth was apparent all those years ago, and today is more valuable than ever. Missing teeth can lead to a variety of oral health issues, and dental implants have proven to be the ultimate solution for tooth loss. Many people have the misconception that dentures are the best solution for permanent tooth loss. However, plenty of clinical trials and extensive research has proven that dental implants are the most successful in restoring full oral functionality.
Titanium Makes All the Difference
In 1952, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon named, Brånemark, discovered that titanium is biocompatible with the body and can successfully fuse with bone in a process called osseointegration. In 1965, Brånemark, performed the first dental implant surgery using titanium rods and the results were favorable. Since then, dental implants have been empirically validated as having a success rate of more than 95% in healthy individuals. Other improvements of dental implants include the varying sizes and shapes of implants to suit individual needs, as well as bone grafting and other procedures to assist those who are not yet prime candidates for the procedure.
New Dental Implant Materials
Current research in dental implants is examining the potential use of zirconia in place of titanium for the material of the implant itself. It has been found that zirconia also has biocompatible properties that could make this material a contender for dental implants in the future. Further research is needed to determine the compatibility of zirconia with dental implant patients.
Heritage Dental is committed to offering premium dental solutions for all of our valued patients. If you are interested in dental implants, we encourage you to contact to schedule your consultation. We believe that everyone deserves an appealing and full functioning smile. Contact us today!