Dental implants improve your appearance and renew your oral health. Don’t let missing teeth ruin your smile! Call the Clinton Township dental office of Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel today to reserve your personal dental implant consultation.
Implant dentistry has a longer history than you might think. In 1931, an archaeologist in the Honduras uncovered the lower jawbone of a Mayan woman. The mandible was dated to around 600 BCE, and revealed an interesting anomaly: seashells had been used to replace three missing teeth. While this is the oldest known proof of dental implants in ancient times, other types of implants have been found in Egyptian mummies, Middle Eastern skeletons, and Roman soldiers.
In the 1950s, Cambridge University researchers constructed a titanium chamber in order to study blood flow in vivo. Swedish orthopedic surgeon Per-Ingvar Brånemark, who was studying bone healing and regeneration, used the titanium chambers in his own research. He discovered that bone would fuse to titanium, making it an ideal material for orthopedic surgery. Brånemark called this process osseointegration, and eventually developed a dental implant that used titanium screws. Brånemark’s work is the reason rootform endosteal implants became the standard for modern implant dentistry.
In 1952, just a few weeks after he graduated from dental school, Dr. Leonard Linkow placed his first dental implant. Over the next forty years, Dr. Linkow placed more than 19,000 dental implants—and then he stopped counting. He retired from private practice in 2002. Dr. Linkow has 35 implantology patents, authored numerous books and articles, and lectured worldwide about implant dentistry.
For more than sixty years, dental implants have been used in the dental field to replace missing teeth. Technology, materials, and techniques continue to improve in the dental implant field. In fact, promising information and use of ceramic materials, such as zirconia, is showing similar osseointegration levels as titanium. The American Dental Association doesn’t recognize dental implants as a specialty practice, but most dentists who place or restore dental implants receive additional training, and usually partner with trusted oral surgeons to complete the dental implant process.
Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel is an experienced, well trained dentist who has performed dental implant restorations for almost three decades. Trust your smile to the caring professionals at our Clinton Township dental practice. Schedule your dental implant consultation now!