Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Shocking History of Dental Implants

Dental implants are currently considered the gold standard for replacing tmissing teeh thanks to their natural appearance and oral health benefits, but did you know there is actually a long history to tooth replacement? Today, Dr. James Finley uses only the latest materials and techniques when placing dental implants in Lafayette, LA Check out this timeline to see how the goal of replacing missing teeth has evolved over time:

2000 BC: In ancient China, pegs carved out of bamboo were used to replace missing teeth.

1000 BC: Ancient Egyptians hammered copper pegs into the jaw bone of a king.

100 BC: People tried replacing missing teeth with those from animals or their slaves.

600 AD: The Mayans used seashells as a form of dental implant for their missing teeth.

800 AD: The Mayan and Honduran people changed to stone “implants”.

1500 – 1800s: People attempted to use teeth from the deceased to replace their own teeth. This failed.

1913: A porcelain crown on a platinum post, which failed from bone rejecting the platinum material.

1950s: Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark discovered that titanium can successfully fuse to bone.

1965: The first titanium dental implant was placed by Dr. Branemark!

As you can see, dental implants have a long and varied history. Don’t worry though, you won’t leave our office with a seashell or hammered in bamboo post! Dr. Finley uses the latest technologies and sedation dentistry techniques to ensure your dental implants in Lafayette, LA, are placed successfully and with virtually no pain! Plus, our dental implants are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth, so most people will never know you were ever missing any teeth! If you are looking to replace your teeth with dental implants, contact Dr. Finley today to schedule your consultation!

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