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By David Gordon, DDS
August 14, 2014
Category: Dentistry
Dr. David Gordon has been utilizing dental implants at his Vallejo dental practice. As we utilize this great dental achievement every day, we can’t help but wonder what the history is behind a dental implant. Virtual Dental Implant
 

The Earliest Signs of Restorative Dental Work 

The earliest endeavors on record for tooth replacements were discovered in the Mayan civilization dating back to 600 A.D. Archeologists have recovered ancient skulls with teeth that were replaced by materials ranging from carved stones, such as jade, to fragments of seashells. Despite simple methods and materials, some of these early implants actually fused to the jawbone.
 
As years went on, in 1965, orthopedic surgeon Per-Ingvar Branemark had studied implants for years and is known for coining the term “osseointegration” which is the adherence of the bone with the implant. From then on, dental implants have changed the way we deal with tooth loss for the better.
 
The implants first used in the system were essentially designed to accommodate one size. Modern technology has allowed us to use implants for single and multiple implants, depending on the amount of new teeth the patients requires and the spacing provided.
 

Modern Dentistry: Local Dental Implant Procedure

To see how far we have come with modern dentistry and dental implants, below is the dental implant procedure.
  • Implantation Process: CT scans are commonly used to help with the procedure of implantation. To begin the implantation process, the surgeon will insert the screw-like implant into the jawbone.
  • Placing the Dental Implant: Once the screw-like implant is in place, surrounding gum tissue is secured over the implant and a protective cover screw is placed on top to allow the site to heal and osseointegration to occur. A traditional implant requires a post and synthetic crown to be attached to the implant.
 
Modern dentistry has given us so many positive outcomes. To learn more about dental implants, contact our Vallejo dental office today at (707) 557-2200. 

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