History of Implants
Throughout the history of civilization, a full set of teeth has always been considered a valuable asset. Be it for aesthetic reasons or functionality, our teeth play a crucial role in upholding our chances of leading a healthy life. This is why millions of people around the world are driven to get their damaged or missing teeth repaired. Besides pain and oral discomfort, in many cases, patients with missing teeth also have to deal with social awkwardness, difficulty in eating, chewing, and talking.
If you or a close family member are interested in learning more about dental implants and how they can help you restore your smile, we have a dedicated team at Beaverton Oral Surgeons that can help answer your questions. Your oral health is important and the significance of a full set of teeth cannot be understated. We provide the best implant-supported restorations that will serve you a lifetime.
Developments in Implant-Supported Restoration Techniques
Early versions of dental implants can be traced back to as long as 2000 BC in ancient China. We now know that inhabitants during that period used carved bamboo pegs to replace missing teeth. Researchers believe that the first ever tooth replacement made of metal – excavated from the body of an Egyptian King – might have taken place somewhere approximately in 1000 BC.
The first modern dental implant was not manufactured until the eighteenth century when some researchers started experiments with gold and other alloys. The main setback that plagued the researchers at the time was the risk of foreign body rejection. Implants can only be successful if the bone and the metal post fuse together. This process, also called osseointegration, takes place over a period of three to four weeks or more.
The first ever titanium dental implant was placed inside a volunteer’s mouth in 1965, by an orthopedic surgeon named Branemark. This marked the beginning of a new era in the field of dental restorations. Since then many advancements have raised the bar for safety and reliability when it comes to dental implants. They have a success rate of nearly 97 percent, which is the highest in comparison to other alternatives.
The Present and The Future
Today, dental implants are considered the pinnacle of dental restorations. They are safe, reliable, and can last you more than 30 years if kept in the right condition. Unlike other restorations, they do not rely on nearby teeth for support. This helps to preserve the health of nearby teeth and the jawbone.
Dental implants are the only technology you can rely on when patients are looking for the best possible results from dental restorations. In doing so, we are not only improving their oral health but also bringing back their beautiful smile.
At Beaverton Oral Surgeons, we have a dedicated team who takes care of dental implant procedures. If you, a friend, or a close family member have decided to no longer deal with the consequences of a missing tooth, we would be more than happy to help you. You can also reach us at (971) 249-8370 to speak with our staff or to book an appointment.