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11815 SW King James Pl #10
Tigard, OR 97224 Map
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Bridgeport: (503) 906-8600
18035 SW Lwr Boones Ferry Rd
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Bull Mountain:
(503) 968-6101

11815 SW King James Pl #10
Tigard, OR 97224 Map
Bridgeport:
(503) 906-8600

18035 SW Lwr Boones Ferry Rd
Tigard, OR 97224 Map

The History of Dental Implants


Dental implant history dates back further than you may have guessed. The first dental implant is believed to have been used more than 1,300 years ago by the ancient Mayans. They used sea shells to replace missing teeth in order to restore a woman's beautiful smile. Archaeological evidence also shows ancient Egyptians used sea shells and ivory to replace missing teeth.

The history of dental implants by Total Health DentalThe path leading to modern dental implants started in 1951 with a chance discovery by Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, a Swedish researcher and physician. Branemark had screwed a titanium cylinder into a thigh bone during an animal study with the intent of testing blood flow's affect on healing rate. After the study was complete, he noticed that the bone had actually fused to the titanium cylinder without long-term soft tissue inflammation, which contradicted the scientific theory of the time. He called this process of bone and titanium fusing osseointegration.

Dr. Branemark quickly realized the broad implications of his discovery and began focusing on how it could help humans. During this research, he found that titanium—under carefully controlled conditions—could be structurally integrated into the jawbone and used as anchors (behaving similarly to natural teeth roots) for artificial teeth. In the mid-1960s, Branemark performed his first dental implant surgery using the process of osseointegration he had researched since its unexpected discovery. However, Branemark's findings were not well received until the 1980s.

Branemark's research and methods are the foundations of dental implant procedures today. The system developed by Dr. Branemark is still being used, but there are several different types of dental implant systems that have been developed to treat missing teeth.

Time to schedule your next appointment?


Call our Bull Mountain location at (503) 968-6101, our Bridgeport location at (503) 906-8600, or use our easy online scheduling form to set up your next visit quickly. On behalf of every dentist and team member at Total Health Dental, we look forward to helping you brighten the world with your smile.


Dr. Joel Fast
Dr. Rod Johnson


Bull Mountain (503) 968-6101

11815 SW King James Pl. #10
Tigard, OR 97224



Dr. John Holland


Bridgeport (503) 906-8600

18035 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd.
Tigard, OR 97224


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