How dental implants have developed.

Our teeth have come along way. They are an integral part of the human body and without the we would have not developed to be the dominant species on the Planet Earth. Our omnivervous teeth allow us to cut through meat without canines and incisors and the molars help us to chew up those meat and vegetable parts to get the maximum benefit from the food we eat. The white enamel of the tooth is the hardest substance in the human body, way stronger than bones, and it needs to be considering the amount of abuse we put them through. Sweets and sugary drinks plus crisps (the worst offenders as they get stuck in the cracks of your teeth and attract plaque)  all contribute to making teeth less than the perfect specimens they were meant to be. Damage from outside influences, simply living our lives can also mean that they odd one gts a bit of damage done to it.

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Humans soon realised that teeth were important and they soon began to look at ways to replace them if they fell out or had to be removed if they caused pain. Cleaning teeth was not a very precise art, fluoride was not a feature of toothpaste until the 1950’s/ and blocks of salt were the mainstay of oral hygiene. The addition of false teeth or implants is much sooner. You don’t need to go to the lengths that we are going to look at today for if you are after a Dental Implants Cardiff based opertator then is a great place to start.

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Our first example of the art of the dental implant comes from ancient Egypt. Here we find a Pharaoh with a copper tooth hammered into the upper jaw. There is some debate about whether the Pharaoh in question had the tooth added after his death so that the would not enter the afterlife incomplete. Considering the amount of pain this would have caused him the latter is probably the most plausibel.

The same could be argued in regard to some Celtic tribes people who had also had some implants hammered into the jaw bone. This would have been incredibly painful that is believed that this was to make the afterlife, where they believed there would be a lot of feasting, a lot easier to do.

This practice, or more commonly just not bothering if one fell out, carried on into the eighteenth century when gold was used to plug cavities and then porcelain substitutes that were glued in. Along way from the modern techniques we use today.

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