Dental implants have become a lot more popular over the years. Cosmetically and functionally, dental implants are as close to the real thing as general and family dentists can offer. Very few people know what it took to make University dental implants what they are today. The earliest evidence that dentists have of dental implant dates back to 600 A.D. A young woman who was exhumed in the 1930’s had implanted teeth. People believe that the implanted teeth were placed after her death. The ancient Egyptians often replaced people’s teeth after death.
In 1970, a professor analyzed the young woman’s teeth. He found that bone had grown around two of the implants, which proved that the implants were placed while the young woman was still living. During the 1700s, dentists tried to implant human teeth. Dentists also tried platinum and gold implants during the 1800s.
Like several of the other revolutionary discovers, the person who has received credit for making the biggest advance was not a person who actually attempted to make dental implant. Per-Ingvar Branemark, who was a Swedish orthopaedic surgeon, screwed titanium chambers into the bone in order to observe the healing process of the bone.
When he completed his study several months later, he discovered that he was not able to unscrew the titanium chambers. The bone had fused with the titanium. He used this surprising finding to shift his focus on developing dental implants.
Branemark and his team did several more years of research and prove that titanium dental implants were viable. While Harvard University was using metal screws for dental implants back in the 1930s, some of the earliest dental implant successes occurred outside of the United States. Many people have paved the way for general and family dentists to be able to use dental implants.