History of Dental Implants

Dental implants have revolutionized the way we approach oral health, offering a transformative solution for tooth loss. Our periodontists and team provide this restorative solution to help patients regain a healthy and confident smile.

The captivating journey of dental implants spans centuries, reflecting a remarkable evolution in dental solutions. Ancient civilizations, including the Egyptians, Mayans and Etruscans, exhibited early attempts at tooth replacement, utilizing materials like seashells and animal bones. However, it was in the 20th century that substantial progress occurred.

In the 1950s, Swedish orthopedic surgeon Per-Ingvar Brånemark, discovered that titanium could be combined with living bone tissue, a process referred to as “osseointegration.” This discovery laid the foundation for modern dental implantology. In the 1960s, Dr. Leonard Linkow successfully placed the first titanium dental implant in a human, pioneering blade-shaped implants and contributing to further advancements.

The 1970s saw the introduction of subperiosteal implants, expanding treatment options for those with insufficient bone height. The 1980s marked a transition to single-stage implants, simplifying the surgical process, while advancements in imaging and diagnostic technologies enhanced precision. The 1990s brought improved surface treatments and CAD/CAM technologies for better aesthetic outcomes.

Since then, dental implant technology continues to advance rapidly. Mini dental implants are popular for their minimally invasive nature, and digital dentistry has revolutionized planning and placement. Immediate loading, placing a temporary crown or bridge immediately after surgery, has streamlined the implant process.

Today, dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement, providing a reliable, natural-looking and durable solution. Diverse designs, materials and techniques cater to various patient needs, transforming modern dentistry. From single-tooth replacements to full-mouth reconstructions, dental implants have globally restored smiles and improved countless lives. For those seeking dental implants in Aurora, Colorado, contact Periodontal Associates at 303-755-4500 to schedule a visit with Dr. Douglas Heller or Dr. Eric Beckman.