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Then and Now: Dental Implants and Dental Crowns

11 Feb 2015

Then and Now: Dental Implants and Dental Crowns

Dental technology has improved significantly over the last few centuries and the industry continues to move forward. From invisible braces to bedazzled tooth jewellery, it’s astonishing how far dental health has come compared to even just a few years ago. If you jump into your mental time machine back to ancient times, dental procedures weren’t always the most comfortable. Let’s take a look back in time at dental implants and dental crowns and how they have evolved .

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial teeth roots often made of titanium metal. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing natural tooth. Modern dental implants have been in popular use since 1970s and have been a very successful dental technology since. However, taking a look back at 600 A.D. when implants are said to have been first in use, they were not so hygienic or comfortable as they are now.

Ancient history shows that dental implants have been in use for thousands of years. There have been discoveries made from archeologists that Mayan civilization used to use stone like Jade and seashells to replace missing teeth. It wasn’t until the 1950s, after many years of improvement, when scientist discovered the amazing properties that titanium metal has when paired with boneThe process is called osseointergration , which refers to the fusion of the titanium root to the bones in your gums.. When this discovery was made, dental implants started to be used for people that had no teeth at all and couldn’t adapt to dentures. Now implants can be used for single teeth to fill an embarrassing gap or help hold crowns in place.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over an existing tooth that may be broken, sensitive or for the purpose of restoring its shape or size. They are often made from porcelain, but are also available in luxurious materials like platinum and gold.

Believe it or not, the first known dental crowns were made of gold which dates back to 700 B.C. In 1530, the first book of dentistry emerged from Germany which really pushed dentistry into the forefront as a profession and not so much a side job like most barbers and blacksmiths had. This dentistry book included a lot of information about other dental restoration procedures including dental crowns. These dental caps weren’t as comfortable or as hygienic as they are now. Back in the day, a crown may have been made of wood or even old animal teeth.

Luckily for us twenty first century folk, dental crowns are crafted to fit perfectly to our smiles with the latest dental technologies that ensure we stay healthy and happy.

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