Dental Implants are now a common way to replace missing teeth, it was not always this way. When I graduated from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 1985, I remember the most conservative instructors warning “do not place dental implants, they rarely work.” Now in 2013, dental implants enjoy a success rate and longevity greater than traditional tooth supported fixed bridgework. A quick history.
Historically, for implant dentistry “I think that we have to start with the first modern, successful implant that was placed in 1948 by Gustov Dahl. Then I believe we jump over to the introduction of successful, widespread use of endosteal implants following the development of the Ramus Blade by Harold Roberts and the the esplosion of the implantololgy being brought around the world by Leonard Linkow and his many modifications of the concept of blade implants.” This is a quote form my mentor, O’Hilt Tatum Jr from AAID’s Winter 2013 “AAID News” page 16. Dr Tatum then goes on with what he considers the most important milestones in implant dentistry. I personally think the next major step was the exquisite scientific studies published in the book, “Tissue-Intregrated Prostheses” in 1985 by Per-Ingvar Branemark, MD., Ph.D., George A. Zarb, DDS and Tomas Albrektsson, M.D., Ph.D. These long term, controlled, human scientific studies were done over a 15 year time period in Goteborg, Sweden. These studies gave a scientific basis for the safety, predictability and longevity of dental implants.
All on 4 is the concept that all of ones lower teeth can be supported by 4 dental implants. In this picture, 4 lower dental implants are connected via a gold bar with two ball attachments supporting a lower overdenture. This patient presented to my Palm Harbor dental office in 2013 to have a new lower overdenture fabricated. The original surgery and prostetic’s were done by my friend and former associate of Dr. Tatum, now retired, Richard Borgner DDS.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A