The History of Mini Dental Implants

Ask any dentist, especially Michael E. Kun, DMD Dentistry in Allentown, PA, and they will tell you that the mini dental implant have revolutionized cosmetic dentistry. Since their inception, mini dental implants have quickly become one of the most sought after methods of tooth restoration. More and more dental practices are offering these innovative implants—if you currently suffer with broken, damaged, decaying or missing teeth, they may be just what you need to restore your smile.

The earliest record of dental implants dates back to the Mayan civilization—they used pieces of shells to replace missing teeth. Over the years, many materials have been used for dental implantation, but it wasn’t until an accidental discovery made by Swedish Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Per-Invgar Branemark in the 1950s, that the modern day implant was born.

Dr. Branemark was conducting bone-healing research in his lab when he made his accidental discovery. Due to the high cost of titanium, he decided to remove a section of titanium tubing from a rabbit to use for further research. He quickly realized that he could not remove the tubing because the titanium had effectively fused with the bone—creating stable bone support in the rabbit. His discovery led to further tests, which concluded that bone did indeed effectively bond with titanium. Dr. Branemark dubbed this process ‘osseointegration’ and the modern day implant was discovered.

The first developed titanium screw was implanted in 1952, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that dental implants were approved by the FDA for tooth restoration. Since then, dental implant technology has improved drastically—extensive research has proven that dental implants are a safe and effective solution for long-term replacement of missing teeth. Today, Michael E. Kun, DMD Dentistry in Allentown, PA offers patients several tooth restoration options using dental implants.

Many men and women in the Allentown, PA area, who up until now, when faced with tooth loss, have simply chosen to live with missing teeth, now have a better option. Mini dental implants provide patients with the look, feel and function of naturally growing teeth, which allows them to achieve a naturally beautiful smile.

If you are looking to perfect your smile and feel that mini dental implants are the best option for you, visit Michael E. Kun, DMD Dentistry in Allentown, PA today.