About 100 years ago it was discovered that the ancient Mayans used seashells to replace missing teeth. Interestingly enough, seashells are biocompatible with the human body because their high content of calcium and other minerals, although we can safely assume that the Mayan procedure probably hurt a lot because there is indication that they were -hammered- into the jaw. OUCH! Those seashells were likely the first dental implants but we are lucky to have better technology.
At this modern age, titanium implants are the norm. They are screwed in and can fill the gaps nicely. It was during the 20th century, doctors discovered that titanium had a great biocompatibility with organic tissue. This metal would bond with bone better than anything else and this lead to a revolution not only on restorative dentistry.
But, are you are aware of how these implants are made? They are not simply given form and screwed in. There is an amazing process behind them. The process starts with a single long titanium rod. The technician insert the rod into a device that holds it. The end of the rod is then spin as computerized tools slim it down to make its distinctive form, cutting threads into it. These threads will help the implant anchor to the patient jaw.
The implant is cut to length and then holes out the head, carving threads inside, where the ceramic crown will be attached. The implant is taken to a cleaning station and then a computer takes several photos from all angles to measure the implant and make sure it is perfect.
The implants are then placed on a rack and cleaned of residual lubricant oils. The inside of the implant is then marked with a color to indicate its diameter. The next step is to screw the implants into a new tray that will put them upside down immersed on acid. This changes the surface of the metal, making it much more porous. This is an ideal way to improve the bonding with the organic tissue of the patient.
They finally get a last washing with purified water, using sound waves to create bubbles that will gently scrub the implants. Is your mind blown yet? I was left speechless when I realized all the amazing technology behind their creation! At this point the dental implant is ready to be used on a lucky patient who will regain a beautiful smile.
Now you know a little more about dental implants and know why they are so good. If you want to know more about our services call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-701-6039, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.