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Huntsville, AL 35801
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Posts for: May, 2014

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
May 05, 2014
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: Huntsville  
A day at the oral surgery practice of S. Clint Hudson, DMD, MD, involves handling many dental implant cases for implantspatients with lost or missing teeth. These high-tech, ultra-light implants are placed by using state-of-the-art imaging and advanced dental techniques. While Dr. Hudson may offer the latest in dental implants, these artificial tooth replacement options came from humble—and historical—beginnings.
In fact, it was the Mayan civilization that exhibited the first examples of dental implants. Archaeologists digging through Mayan burial sites discovered shell pieces that had been shaped like teeth implanted into a woman’s lower jawbone. This female skeleton dated all the way back to 600 A.D.
Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark: Father of Modern Dental Implants
Fortunately, today’s dental implants have come a long way from shaped shells. And that is thanks to the research of Swedish dentist, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, who discovered that when implanted into bone, titanium would integrate with bone, meaning the bone would grow around it. This process, known as osseointegration, is the foundation for dental implants. Dr. Branemark continued his dental implants research for many years, and even implanted the first titanium dental implants in 1965.
Thirteen years later, the Swedish health authorities approved titanium implants for clinical insertion. This go-ahead allowed Dr. Branemark to approach various companies to start developing and manufacturing dental implants. His dental implant system, known as the Branemark System, has been placed more than 7 million times.
The United States Food and Drug Administration approved dental implants for use in the United States in 1982. However, dental implants still had many transitions to achieving the dental implants Dr. Hudson uses at his Huntsville dental implants practice today. For example, advances had to be made in creating the customized crowns that fit over the dental implant and its attachment device, known as an abutment. This process took until roughly 1992 when dentists began to use dental ceramics to mimic a tooth’s natural appearance.
The Modern Dental Implant: Restorative Dentistry Gets Better With Each Passing Moment
Since this time, dental implants have changed in making more customized shapes depending upon where the implant is in the mouth as well as advancements in imaging that make planning for implantation easier and more precise.
Today, Dr. Hudson’s Huntsville dental implant patients reap the benefits of the dental implant.
While they may be small and fairly simple-looking, dental implants have revolutionized the way people are able to correct missing teeth. No other dental intervention offers a permanent, long-lasting and sturdy replacement for a missing tooth or teeth that encourages jawbone growth.
For more information on dental implant services at Dr. Hudson’s Huntsville implant dentistry practice, please call (256) 533-1282. Or continue looking through our website.