The History Of Dental Implants
Photograph of a dental implant from Star City Dental in Lincoln, NEDentistry is heavily reliant on technology, and here at Star City Dental, we keep up with the latest technological advancements to ensure that our clients have the best experience. One of the most common types of surgeries we perform involves tooth extraction and replacement, and both procedures are heavily reliant on anesthetics and modern tech for ensuring a painless and accurate procedure as well as a successful procedure. This begs the question - how were these procedures performed back when anesthetics and dental technology had not been invented? How were extracted teeth replaced, and what were they replaced with?

The First Dental Implants

While the Mayans invented the procedure of creating a foundation for artificial teeth within the mandible in 600 AD, restorative dentistry began much earlier than that. The earliest evidence of dental implants can be found in Egypt from 2500 BC onwards, where diseased teeth were stabilized with the help of golden wires. 500 BC Etruscans were the first to create artificial teeth by fashioning them out of oxen bones. Other early examples of tooth replacements include the usage of bamboo pegs in China in 2000 AD and a copper peg in the upper jawbone of an Egyptian king. These implants were not stabilized firmly and were inserted through force.

It was also quite common for missing teeth to be replaced with animal teeth back then. Mayans crafted the most sophisticated implants back in 500 AD with the help of seashells for their mandibular teeth. They were also firmly attached to the jawbone and bone growth could be seen around these implants. Hondurans seem to have used stone implants back in 800 AD, too. What is remarkable here is that there were no anaesthetics involved during these meticulous procedures. Anaesthetics were only utilized in the 19th century for surgeries. Intoxicants were given out prior to this.

Tooth Restoration As We Know It Today

Modern dental implants were invented only in 1952. A Swedish researcher discovered that titanium fused with bones while experimenting on a rabbit, and thus began the research on bone integration/osseointegration - a major property of implants as we know them now. Alongside this, sedation during dental procedures started a few years earlier in 1946. The procedure had already been discovered in 1840 by Horace Wells, but due to an incorrect dosage during his initial demonstrations, the study seemed to be a failure and was not reconsidered until later.

Thankfully, in this day and age, tooth restoration is a much simpler and more endurable procedure thanks to the advancement of medical science and dentistry in general. Nonetheless, there is a lot that one can learn from these ancient methods to extract diseased teeth.

The benefits of dental implants are many, and patients in need should be provided the best care available to make the experience a great one for them. If you or a loved one is considering implant restoration, our professionals at Star City Dental can conduct an in-depth dental exam to design the ideal treatment plan for you. Feel free to reach out to us at (402) 858-0525 today!

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Dr. Melanie Fulton
Dr. Meghan Hungerford
Dr. Mimi Long

(402) 858-0525

4525 S. 86th Street, #A,
Lincoln, NE 68526-9277

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