Tooth loss due to decay, gum disease, trauma and other factors has existed throughout human history. For generations, people have understood the benefits of replacing missing teeth to preserve speaking and eating functionality. In fact, there is evidence indicating early civilizations used various materials to construct rudimentary dental implants. Fortunately, modern implant dentistry has expanded beyond the use of shells and bamboo pegs to replace missing teeth.

Ancient Civilizations and Dental Implants

People have been using all kinds of “dental implants” to replace missing teeth for thousands of years. There are numerous archaeological artifacts that indicate replacement teeth were made from various materials, such as stone, seashells and jade. Archaeologists have discovered ancient Mayan skulls from as early as 600 AD with artificial teeth, and in some cases, these replacements were even fused to the jawbone. Fortunately, modern dental implants are much more comfortable and effective than ancient ones.

Modern Dental Implants

Modern dental implant treatment began around the mid-1900s when doctors discovered that titanium fuses to bone tissue. This discovery led to modern dental implants taking shape in the 1970s when dental professionals began placing small titanium cylinders into the jawbone to function as artificial roots for individual crowns or permanent dentures.

Dental Implant Benefits

Modern dental implants offer many potential benefits to patients, including:

● Natural look and feel
● Permanent solution to missing teeth
● Stimulation to the jawbone to encourage healthy growth of bone tissue
● Protection for remaining natural teeth

Call Today for a Consultation

If you are looking for dental implants in Aliso Viejo, CA or Mission Viejo, CA, call our office today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Cho and her staff will perform an examination to determine the best treatment plan for you, such as dental implants or implant-supported dentures. Let us restore your smile and improve your overall oral health.