THE HISTORY OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Here at Ollie & Darsh we’re well aware of the success rate of dental implant technology, and it’s no wonder that it’s considered one of the most advanced dental technologies of modern times. The ability to restore a client’s natural smile and give them back the ability to enjoy life in a secure and confident way is one of the marvels of modern dental science.
While the technology behind it all has moved on a good deal, the concept behind replacing missing teeth is not a new one. In fact, artefacts from ancient cultures tell us that the practice of using various materials to replace lost teeth has been going on for thousands of years.
Here we’re going to look at some of the most interesting historical uses of dental implantation – it’s sure to help you appreciate how far we’ve come!
China – 4,000 years ago
Archaeological evidence from ancient China (dating back over 4,000 years ago) shows human remains with shaved bamboo pegs tapped into their jaw bone to replace lost teeth. Similarly, mummies from ancient Egypt dating back 2,000 years have been found with similar replacement teeth made from metal.
The Mayans in Honduras – 600 AD
In 1931 Archaeologists in Honduras found the lower jaw of a young Mayan woman who had three missing teeth that had been replaced with fragments of shell that had been shaped to mimic teeth. Upon further investigation it appeared that these very early versions of implants had actually fused to the jaw bone, meaning that these teeth were able to function to a certain degree, as well as aesthetically replace teeth.
The Victorians – using real teeth
The most common type of dental implant in the 19th century was actually the human tooth! Although it wasn’t your own tooth that would be used; instead what would be used was the teeth of the dead, most often those of soldiers who had died during battle. This grisly practice was actually viewed at patriotic at the time. We think it’s pretty grim and we’re very thankful for the advancements of the 20th century and beyond!
Modern dental implantology began in earnest in the 1950s and in those 60 years the treatment has developed into a sophisticated and largely painless procedure for many thousands of people across the world.
If you think that you could experience the life-changing effects of modern dental implant treatment then get in touch with the team at Ollie and Darsh and arrange your free consultation. Our friendly and highly skilled team can take you through your next steps and ensure that you’re in caring hands from beginning to end.