History of Dental Implants

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While some may consider dental implants “modern day dentistry”, you may be surprised to learn that it dates back to ancient Egyptian times.

In 1952, orthopaedic surgeon Per-Ingvar Brånemark, the father of modern day implantology, was researching bone healing and regeneration at Lund University. During this time, he adopted the rabbit ear chamber (a study that was conducted at the University of Cambridge in which a chamber of titanium was embedded into the soft tissue of the ears of rabbits to study blood flow in vivo) to use in a rabbit’s femur. When he had completed the study, he attempted to remove the titanium chambers from the femur, and noticed that the bone had grown back so close to the titanium that the bone and the chambers were almost fused together.

Although Brånemark had originally planned on using this discovery for hip and knee surgery, he decided that because of the high rate of edentulism (missing teeth) in the general population, he would use this discovery towards the replacement of missing teeth. Today, many dental offices still use Brånemark’s dental implant system.

But hold on a second… implants go further back than that!

There is evidence that dates back to 4000 years ago in China. Archaeologists found carved bamboo pegs tapped into jaw bone to replace lost teeth. Evidence from 2000 years ago in ancient Egypt shows similar pegs made out of metal, as well as transplanted human teeth and some teeth made of ivory.

The most remarkable discovery of all was back in 1931 in Hondouras. Archaeolosist  Wilson Popenoe and his wife found the lower jaw bone of a Mayan woman dating back to 600AD. The jaw showed 3 missing teeth that had been replaced with shell carved into the shapes of teeth. Bone growth and calculus around these implants proves that this method was not only esthetic but functional as well.

Could this be the end to braces?

This is very cool. Say bye bye to braces with a new technology designed in Israel!

http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2014/02/09/bye-bye-braces-israel-is-about-to-revolutionize-dental-care-forever/

Before/After Componeer Cases

Our patient was unhappy with her lateral incisors (the teeth next to her two front teeth). She felt that that were twisted and set back too far. With Componeers we were able to straighten them out, reshape them, and bring them forward in a 1 hour appointment

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Patient was frustrated with chipped front teeth and the black triangles along her gum line. She had been to our office and her previous dentist with multiple attempts to repair the chipping. Nothing would stay. With Componeers we were able to add more strength to her teeth and close up the dark triangles. Check it out!

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Patient was unhappy with the colour of her lateral incisors (the teeth next to her two front teeth). After several attempts to improve shape and colour, this patient decided to go with the Componeer route before considering the more expensive alternative, veneers.

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