For centuries, dental implants have been used as a viable method for replacing missing teeth. Do you find that surprising? It can be easy to assume that dental implants are a relatively recent dental invention, but the truth of the matter is that implants have been used in dentistry for quite some time now.
Dental implants date all the way back to 2500 B.C. when they were used by the ancient Egyptians as a form of stabilizing teeth. Gold wire ligatures were used in order to hold teeth in place. Starting in 500 B.C., the Etruscans started replacing teeth that were lost with teeth from animals. This is a primitive method of how implants are used today.
Many other ancient civilizations used variations of implants, but it was not until 1913 when dentists started inserting gold cylinders into a tooth socket to serve as an artificial tooth root. Starting in the 1940s, the dental world got the post-type endosseous implant as well as the subperiosteal implant.
This year marks an important time in the development of dental implants. During this time, the process of osseointegration was discovered. This is the process by which an implant inserted within the jawbone fuses with the bone so that the two effectively become one.
The All-on-4 treatment was founded in 1998. For patients who needed most or all of their teeth replaced, the All-on-4 treatment drastically reduced the number of implants needed. Four implants can be inserted into an arch, and following that, the visible restorations are placed over the titanium posts.
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The office of Dr. Tana Busch is well-equipped to provide patients with dental implants in Austin, TX. If you are interested in getting them for your restoration, schedule an appointment to discuss all your options today. We can be reached by calling 512-872-3658.