The dental implants as we know them today may be considered as some of the most technologically-advanced developments in the world of dentistry (or medicine). It is quite interesting to note, then, that dental implants (or their earliest versions) have been in existence since the time of the Mayan Civilization.
Endosseus implants, or those that are imbedded directly into the jaw bone, have been known to date back to the Mayan Civilization – roughly 1,350 years before the technology used in dental implants (specifically that of blade implants) was used by Per-Ingvar Branemark (the father of modern “dental implantology”) in 1967. Archaeologists who made excavations in the Honduras in 1931 found a human mandible of Mayan origin, dating back to around 600 AD. The mandible had three pieces of shell that are tooth-shaped, embedded into sockets of missing teeth – and these “shells” are believed to be the first known dental implants in history.
Dental implants have undergone enormous developments with the passage of time, and have become the leading solutions to address the problems of missing teeth in modern times. Given the cutting-edge technology used nowadays in the placement of dental implants, it is amazing to think that the same idea has been in use by one of the earliest civilizations of mankind.