One of the most remarkable finds was by Dr. and Mrs. Wilson Popenoe in 1931, at an archaeological site in Honduras dating back to 600 AD. It was lower mandible of a young Mayan woman, with three missing incisors replaced by pieces of shell, shaped to resemble teeth. Bone growth around two of the implants, and the formation of calculus, indicates that they were functional as well as esthetic. The fragment is currently part of the Osteological Collection of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.
Initially, dental implant where intended for those who needed to retain complete dentures, but the technology and markets evolved into the more modern uses in the 1980s. As the technology developed, other companies such as Straumann that where already producing osteosynthesis plate then developed their own technology for dental imlants.
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