The Evolution of Dental Implants

Implant Dentistry Los Altos

Evidence suggests that for thousands of years people have been replacing teeth they have lost due to accidents, aging or underdeveloped oral hygiene habits.

Some archeologists report finding evidence of dental implants carved out of stones and seashells embedded in the jaws of remains dating back to 600 A.D.

True or False – Former President George Washington had wooden teeth? If you said  ‘false’ you are correct! The myth that George Washington had wooden teeth is not true. Do you know what else is false? His teeth! While George Washington did not have teeth made of wood, he did have to wear fake teeth due to his poor dental hygiene.

A big advancement to the dental implant procedure came in the 1930’s when it became common practice to place the dental implant directly into the bone, significantly reducing the risk of infection while also ensuring the body accepted the implant. This was later termed ‘osseointegration’ meaning ‘bone’ (osseo) ‘fusion’ (integration) and is the technique still used today. The introduction of Titanium dental implants happened shortly after in the 1950’s.

In the past 70 years improvements in image technology and software has led to further advancements to dental implant procedures.  Thanks to many years of skilled training and real-world experience Los Altos implant dentist Dr. Diamond is an expert in the most advanced dental implant technology available today.

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, Los Altos implant dentist Dr. Diamond can help you. Dental implants could be your answer to give you the ability to eat, speak, and laugh with confidence again.

For more information about dental implants, or to schedule your appointment with Los Altos implant dentist Dr. Diamond, call 650-948-0786 today!