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History Of Dental Implants


Dental implants are an incredibly commonplace tooth restoration option, and Dr. Pedro Franco here at BiteLock is adept at performing this particular surgery. We have worked with implants every step of the way and knew our practice inside and out. When it comes to the origins of dental implants, though, there is a lot to look through. In fact, the crude basics started somewhere around 4000 years ago!

Dental Implants Over Time


When historians first found the use of false teeth, it was traced back to ancient China over 4,000 years ago. At that time, with no technological advancements in dentistry to speak of, they simply used filed bamboo rods and placed them where the missing teeth should have been. Then, some time later came the first permanent replacement tooth in which an Egyptian king demanded that a copper peg replaces the tooth.

This was a permanent addition, as he had it hammered into his jaw. Historians are unsure whether or not this procedure was done before his death (it would have been an excruciating procedure to have been done before passing), but regardless it is still the first documented use of fixed replacement teeth. There was also a 2,300-year-old false tooth made of iron in a grave in France, also believed to have been inserted after death.

There is also evidence that accompanying these metal replacements there was the use of animal teeth. These would have been at that time easy to come by, and for many, it would make sense to utilize the teeth of something that no longer needed it to benefit someone who did. However, fast forwarding to some major advancements, we find ourselves in the 18th century, when dentists began experimenting with alloys with little success. In 1886, a doctor tried to put a porcelain crown over the top of a platinum disk, but that too was unsuccessful as it would not integrate with the bone.

Titanium, as we found, fuses best with bone, and this was discovered by accident by a surgeon in 1952. In 1965 after further study, this same surgeon then installed the first titanium implant in a volunteer. This, in and of itself, proved an absolute turning point in dental history, as we were able to then make improvement after improvement off of this one simple solution. The implants that we use today are still made from titanium allow and are fixed to the jaw in place of an extracted or lost a tooth. Then, as you heal, your jaw fuses with the addition rather than rejecting it as had happened so many times before with so many different materials. This system has incredible success rates!

Dr. Pedro Franco has years of experience working with dental implants, and we are very confident in our practice. We want you to be comfortable as soon as you walk in the doors, so if you have any questions about an upcoming procedure or dental implants, please feel free to give us a call.
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7603 West North Avenue
River Forest, Illinois 60305
708-456-7787
3116 Oak Park Avenue
Berwyn, Illinois 60402
708-484-9011
475 West 55th Street, Suite 208
La Grange, Illinois 60525
708-579-0488
910 W. Van Buren Suite 600
Chicago, Illinois 60607
312-201-4141

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