Archaeologists have found evidence that dental implants were in use as early as 600 A.D., with the first known record of a dental implant occurring about 1,400 years ago. While modern implants use titanium posts, early implants used shells, rocks or stones to stabilize the new tooth instead. This early evidence of implant dentistry makes it apparent that people knew the value of functioning teeth even before knowledge of general dental problems became apparent.

Missing teeth lead to a number of oral health issues, many of which can be successfully resolved or even prevented with dental implants. While dentures have been a common solution for permanent tooth loss in the past, clinical trials and extensive research has proven that dental implants are by far the best solution for replacing missing teeth. Implants not only restore the appearance of the tooth but mimic its function so that you can chew, smile and speak normally. Most importantly, the implant post mimics the function of the tooth root, stimulating your supporting bone tissue to keep it healthy and strong so that your teeth will have a stable foundation.

Modern Implant Dentistry

In 1952, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon named Brånemark discovered that titanium was a biocompatible material and could successfully integrate with the bone. In 1965, Brånemark performed the first modern implant surgery using titanium rods. Since that time, dental implants have become the go-to procedure for replacing teeth in healthy individuals. Continuing improvements to implant dentistry include the varying sizes and shapes of implants, bone grafting and other procedures to improve oral health in individuals who are not yet candidates for implant dentistry.

Ongoing Research

Dentistry research continues to find ways to improve dental implants. Current research is examining the use of zirconia in place of titanium for implant posts, and dental professionals continue to seek ways to help patients improve their oral health through implant dentistry.

At Heritage Dental, we are committed to restoring your oral health and quality of life. We invite you to call us today at (503)231-8228 to make an appointment with one of our experienced dentists, Dr. Kuhn Marshall or Dr. Justin Tooke, and learn more about the benefits of implant dentistry in Portland, Oregon.