A History of Dental Implants

No matter why you have to have your teeth pulled, you have more options than just  traditional dentures. Have you ever heard of dental implants? Dental implants basically replace the bad tooth with an artificial tooth. It’s the same idea as dentures but with dental implants you have the teeth permanently secured into your mouth and you can treat them just as you would your old teeth. Dental implants are typically used to replace single teeth or multiple teeth, if you really wanted you could have your entire mouth done. But typically people will use dental implants for single teeth that need replaced.

Dental implants can be traced back hundreds if not thousands of years ago, back to the Mayans in 600 A.D. Ancient skulls have been found with teeth that have been replaced by other items which were used during that time period as implants. Today, technology has advanced so much we no longer use things such as stones, jade or seashells for our dental implants.

As time went on and dental implants advanced more they have gone from a “one size fits all” design to a more individual design. The dental implants of today can be sized and shaped to fit your individual mouth and space. Each implant has a roughened finish, caused by sandblasting and acid etching — this rough finish helps to increase the surface area that the bone can attach to, forming a better and more secure fit.

The best way to ensure your natural teeth and dental health is practicing proper dental hygiene and healthy eating — however, if you do ever need to have teeth removed you are more options than just old fashioned dentures.

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10 replies
  1. Delores Lyon
    Delores Lyon says:

    Thanks for sharing this information on dental implants. I think it’s awesome that they have gone from being “one size fits all” to individual. That means that the veneer is made to fit your specific smile. I know I wouldn’t want an implant unless I knew that it would look great with my teeth. Just the fact that the tooth can be sandblasted to fit your mouth is really awesome!

  2. Rachelle Reeves
    Rachelle Reeves says:

    I never knew that people used dental implants over 2000 years ago. I guess it makes sense, though, because teeth are so essential for eating. I’m glad that we have better technology today, and that the teeth can be custom made for our mouths.

  3. Samantha
    Samantha says:

    This is the first time I heard about ancient dental implants. I really thought this is an idea brought about by modern technology. Nice to know though.

  4. McKayla Strauss
    McKayla Strauss says:

    I had no idea that dental implants date back as far as 600 A.D. It’s pretty incredible that they were able to give implants to people that needed them, even if it were made out of things like stones or jade. I’m just glad that we’re well past the point of using materials like that in our implants! Though, I imagine jade or seashell ones could look pretty cool.

  5. Michael Lee
    Michael Lee says:

    It is extremely exciting to read to how far we have come with dental implants. I would suggest to anyone reading this to pay special attention to the author’s emphasis on the individualization of today’s implants. I know for me, that I really enjoy have an artificial tooth that actually looks natural vs hundreds of years ago when you may have had a jade style implant which obviously looked unnatural.

  6. Cheryl Smith
    Cheryl Smith says:

    I agree that eating healthy is a good way to ensure good dental health. I have had a few teeth replaced over the years. I try to limit my sugar intake to avoid ruining the implants I already have. I know that by keeping my dental health a priority, my natural and fake teeth will be in good shape for a long time.

  7. Sarah Anderson
    Sarah Anderson says:

    Dental implants seem like they would be better than dentures due to the fact they don’t need special treatment. Being able to brush business as normal sounds preferable to me if I ever end up loosing a permanent tooth. Do they end up feeling any different? Because it would be interesting to be able to feel the cool of the metal through your gums.

  8. Faylinn
    Faylinn says:

    I find it very interesting to know that humans practiced the use of dental implants back in 600 AD. It is especially interesting since they were used in the Mayan culture which had very little medical knowledge that was modern for their time period in other continents. However, do you know whether or not we got the idea to use this type of procedure for them or is something that was discovered separate of this knowledge?

  9. Ivy Baker
    Ivy Baker says:

    I had no idea that there were people getting dental implants back a thousand years. My father has started to lose his teeth and he isn’t to keen on the idea of getting dentures. Implants do seem like something that my father would be up for.

  10. Asanjay
    Asanjay says:

    Hi, Thanks for sharing this insightful information on the History of Dental Implants. Also, I totally agree with you on the benefits of Dental Implants when compared to traditional dentures. Great article. Keep up the good work!

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