It’s been just under a year since the world said goodbye to Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark, the Swedish orthopedic surgery pioneer credited with discovering the osseointegration process that forever changed the way cosmetic dentists in Phoenix and worldwide treat patients who suffer from missing teeth.

Historians have already dubbed Dr. Brånemark “the father of dental implants.” While his process, which enables titanium to fuse with natural bone over time, revolutionized medicine and dentistry, in some ways the Gothenburg-born surgeon (pictured here)  picked up on a missing tooth solution that was discovered by ancient civilizations.

Consider this: Archaeologists know now that ancient Mayan and Egyptian people placed shells into empty tooth sockets in place of missing natural teeth, which enabled easier eating and speaking.

Of course, since Dr. Brånemark’s 1950s discovery that the jaw would except titanium as well as knees and hips, more than 7 million implants bearing the Brånemark brand have been placed.

And dental implants in general are now deemed the most durable and natural-looking missing tooth solution.

If you’re in the Greater Phoenix Area and suffer from one or more missing teeth, please contact Desert Smiles in Glendale online or by telephone to book your appointment dental implant consultation: 602-978-1790.

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