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An Interesting Look at Ancient Dental Implants September 13, 2017

Kailua, Hawaii
An Interesting Look at Ancient Dental Implants, Kailua, Hawaii

Dental implants are one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures today. However, the process is not new. Though it has come a long way in technology, technique, and effectiveness, dental implants have been performed by oral professionals all throughout history.

Take a look at some of the systems used by ancient dentists:

  • Animal Teeth: Approximately 2,000 years ago, dental implants were only performed on the wealthy. Back then, human teeth were taken out, and animal ones were put in. Though the procedure was costly, it was rarely effective. Without proper medicine and hygiene, the replacement tooth would often become infected and be rejected by the host.

  • Natural Replacement: To avoid infection from animal teeth, some opted for dental implants using a variety of natural materials such as jade or even sea shells. These materials were even fused to the jawbone. Archaeological findings have discovered infused dental implants in skulls as old as 1,350 years.

  • dental implantsGold & Alloys: By the eighteenth century, greater advancements had been made. Gold, alloys, porcelain, and platinum were being experimented with, though results were still poor. Today's implants are made from titanium. The first discovery of this highly-successful material was made in 1952. In 1965, the first titanium dental implants were performed on a human. This was one of the greatest turning points in dental history.


Dental implants have a rich history. Thankfully, modern dentists have an extremely effective and simplified way to replace teeth. If you need restorative dentistry, consider Carter S. Yokoyama, D.D.S. Specializing in implants, porcelain veneers, and treatment for sleep apnea, Dr. Yokoyama can assist with all ailments. His passion for helping people has made him one of the most sought-after professionals in Kailua-Kona, HI, and he also offers free hand wax treatments for all of his patients. For more information, visit his website or call (808) 322-0101 today.

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