Kailua, Hawaii
75-5905 Walua Rd Ste 7
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(808)322-0101

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.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Carter S Yokoyama DDS
How to Care for Your Porcelain Veneers, Kailua, Hawaii
Porcelain veneers are one of the most useful and versatile treatments in cosmetic dentistry. However, if you don't know how to care for your veneers, you may find they grow worn or d...read more
What Should You Know About Getting Dental Implants?, Kailua, Hawaii
If you are missing one or more teeth and want a beautiful new smile, dental implants are a permanent and natural-looking alternative to traditional bridges and denture...read more
5 Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea, Kailua, Hawaii
Sleep apnea is a sleeping and respiratory disorder in which a person suddenly stops breathing several times throughout the night. The disorder may be caused by throat muscles that ar...read more
5 Best Dental Care Practices You Need to Adopt, Kailua, Hawaii
You’ve probably been told since you were a child that an important part of your dental care routine is brushing your teeth. While that is true, simply that alone is not enough t...read more