Story of Dental Implants

Like many great discoveries in human history, dental implants were found by a lucky accident!

Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, MD, Ph.D., a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, and his team, were conducting research on bone injuries, and the effects of blood flow on healing in 1952. Part of their research involved using titanium rings inserted into rabbit leg bones. When it came time to remove the titanium rings, they observed a very strong fusion had occurred between the bone and the metal. Dr. Branemark thought to himself: “What if titanium rods can be used in the jaw bone of people who are missing teeth as an anchor for a tooth or dental prosthesis?”

Dr. Branemark coined a new term-Osseointegration-to describe this phenomenon. In the 1970s, Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare approved the use of Branemark Implants.

In 1982, Dr. Branemark delivered a presentation regarding osseointegration at a professional meeting in Toronto and won widespread recognition for his materials and methods. Titanium implants have spread well beyond dentistry, and are now used in many medical and veterinary applications.

Dr. Branemark, known as the father of modern implant dentistry, died on Dec. 20, 2014, in his hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. Although we may consider the birth of dental implants to be pure luck, it took a great, intelligent, inquisitive mind not to just observe, but ask a question that every great physician or scientist and his team must ask: “What if?”

Dental implants have been proven to be safe, effective, and biocompatible. The overall success rate of dental implants is more than 90%, at 10 years after placement. The long‐term success rate of dental implants used as bridge abutments is at least comparable or superior to natural tooth supported fixed partial dentures.

You can feel confident that your decision to trust Dr. Atapour, and her team at Model Dental, with your dental implant procedure, will be the right decision.

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