Many people would think that dental implants are something new, but this is a misconception. The reason for their extensive popularity in recent times is that the treatment has such a high success rate and reliability. The idea itself is actually ancient.
The first modern dental implant was given to a patient of Branmark’s, called Larson, a man who could not chew properly. Four implants were inserted into the mandible, and within six months they had healed. The prosthesis was then attached, and amazingly was still there 40 years later.
In the late 1970s, after years of administering and researching dental implants, Branmark presented his data to the relevant authorities, and the American Dental Association gave full permission for many types of dental implant to be used as treatment of full or partial edentulous.
Nowadays the reliability of dental implants, and the overall comfort and non-invasiveness of the treatment is the best it ever has been, with long term satisfaction ratings of 97-99% being demonstrated.