Human teeth have steadily evolved over countless generations, which is why we have different types of teeth: each type specialized for a particular function. Artificial teeth have also evolved, and at Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH we offer state-of-the-art dental implants.
We know from archaeological digs that humans have tinkered with artificial teeth as far back as 2000 BC. Those early efforts involved carved bamboo pegs. Fast forward a thousand years and we find evidence of an Egyptian king with a copper peg in his upper jawbone.
Elsewhere during ancient times, teeth from animals or other people were used to replace lost human teeth. And during the Iron Age, there is evidence of a false tooth made from – surprise! – iron.
These examples, of course, are all long before lidocaine, novocaine, or some other means of numbing the patient. But we don’t want to dwell on that.
Things kept advancing, but the real turning point in tooth replacement came in 1952. That’s when an orthopedic surgeon found that titanium fused with the bone of a rabbit. From this eureka! moment come modern dental implants, which are titanium posts that fuse to the human jaw to form a solid foundation for one or more artificial teeth.
At Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH we offer modern dental implants that look and function like natural human teeth. They’re a far cry from bamboo! To find out whether they are right for you, please call us to schedule an appointment.