Evolution of the dental implant: From ancient Egypt to modern Chicago

History

Human kind has understood the importance of replacing missing teeth throughout history. Archeologists have discovered primitive dental restorations from ancient cultures around the world, including the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, and Mayans. Can you imagine having your teeth whitened with urine, or receiving a dental implant crafted from an animal's tooth? If you study these artifacts, you will learn two things. First, dentistry has advanced dramatically. Second, we are fortunate to live in modern times!

Historical problems

Besides the questionable materials, and techniques, these early efforts were largely unsuccessful, particularly in the field of implantology. The concept is great – put an artificial root where the real one was, and the restoration should function just like a natural tooth. The problem is that your jawbone is connected to the roots of your teeth, keeping them stable, so nothing else would stay in place long-term. This problem was only resolved within the last century – and WOW what a great resolution it is!

Modern solutions

How do today's implants stay in place for a lifetime, with the same stability as natural teeth? The answer is osseointegration. It's okay, you don't have to try and pronounce it. All you really need to know is what it means. Bone tissue accepts titanium, and bonds with it, as if it were a natural part of your body! When this was discovered in 1952, the concept of the modern implant was born. This biocompatible, super-strong material makes artificial roots that literally function like real ones! Of course, that concept has grown up a lot in the last 60 years, with research, technology, and advanced techniques.

Today's standard

The procedure for placing implants is quick, comfortable, and over 90 percent successful. They are expected to last a lifetime, given the same care that natural teeth require. These artificial roots can be used to support a wide variety of restorations. They look like teeth, feel like teeth, and function like teeth. This technology is what people have been seeking for thousands of years – and it is available right here in Chicago, at Big Smile Dental! Call us today at and schedule an appointment.


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