I would dare suggest that when most people hear the term “dental implant,” they assume that the reference is to a very new and revolutionary procedure for replacing missing teeth. Whereas it is true that this amazing solution to one of life’s most persistent problems has enjoyed increasing popularity over only the past few decades as the procedure essentially has been perfected, evidence has been unearthed that suggests dental implants were used thousands of years ago. During an archaeological expedition to a Mayan burial site in Honduras in the 1930s, Dr. Wilson Popenoe and his team discovered a most unusual piece of jawbone from a woman judged to be in her 20s at time of death. Three pieces of shell carved into the shape of teeth had been inserted into sockets in the bone. MORE
Paul Ruffin: Dental implants fill the gap
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