History of Dental Implants

By Richard Ta, DDS
June 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you are in the market for a new tooth, you may know that today's modern dental implants are highly successful. But dental implants have come a long way since humans first began to look for ways to replace missing teeth. If you want the longest lasting tooth Dental Implantsreplacement available on the market today, visit Dr. Richard Ta, your Fremont dentist, to discuss durable dental implants. You can be thankful that you don’t have to utilize other, more primitive dental devices like our ancestors did.

The First Dental Implants

Researchers have discovered that humans had some early success with replacing missing teeth as far back as the year 600 A.D. Humans were able to implant carved shells into the jaw bone to act as teeth. Over the next several hundred years, humans were creative in the ways they used wires and metal in order to restore some function to teeth.

In the 1700’s, a doctor began experimenting with transplanting teeth from cadavers into a rooster’s comb. Much to the doctor’s surprise, the tooth took root. Around that time, another doctor began attempting to use a gold tube as an implant, however, it only became infected.

In the early part of the last century, doctors began thinking about the way that some surgeons were able to place mental implants into hip bones and thought perhaps that could work for tooth implants. Over the early 1900’s, many doctors explored various materials, shapes, and sizes of dental implants that they thought might work to replace a missing tooth. But none was as successful as what your Fremont dentist Dr. Ta offers today.

Today's Implants

The first titanium dental implants began in the mid-1960’s after a research scientist discovered that titanium posts permanently fuse to the bone. This discovery is the basis for the same types of implants on the market today. Titanium implants have been used in the United States since the early 1980’s and many of those patients still have those implants.

Today, there are a huge variety of implant manufacturers on the market. It’s important to find a dentist who specializes in implants for the best results. If you’re interested in replacing missing teeth, schedule a visit with Dr. Richard Ta, your Fremont dentist, to find out if dental implants are right for you.