The History of Dental Implants and How Quickly Teeth Can Be Replaced Today

A recent article by The Dental Geek discussed the history of dental implants and how far they’ve come since ancient times. Yes, throughout the history of civilization, being able to chew food – and look good –have driven people to replace their missing teeth, the article notes. In fact, 4,000 years ago in ancient China, carved bamboo pegs were used as a substitute. Over the centuries, people have also tried replacing them with animal teeth, teeth purchased from poor people or taken from slaves, all of which typically led to infection and rejection by the host.

Over time, researchers began to experiment with gold, alloys and other materials but often had poor results. The problem remained: the body and the bone continued to reject the foreign objects. In order to achieve success, the replacement tooth had to fuse to the bone. The reason modern dental implants are made out of titanium is because it has special properties that allow a high success rate of osseointegration, which is the process of the tooth fusing to the bone. This was finally discovered in 1952, and by 1965, the first titanium dental implant was placed into a live human volunteer.

After decades of research, dental implants have greatly improved in an effort to attain perfection. Your dentist in Stuart, Dr. Rita Medwid, offers the latest and greatest technology with a technique that would have sounded impossible just a short time ago.

A new dental technology, known as Immediate Load Implants or Teeth in a Day, allows patients to enjoy permanent dental implants within the course of just one office visit. What once took four to six months for a restored smile is now accomplished in no time flat. Permanent tooth replacements used to take at least two surgeries, and during that period the patient would either have to use dentures, temporary bridges or even go without teeth altogether during the restoration process.

It may sound too good to be true, but if you are in Stuart, Fl. give Dr. Medwid a call. She will provide you with the details to this safe, FDA-approved method that will give you the same results as traditional implants that take months to complete in just one day.

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