Paul Ruffin: Dental implants — the procedure
from The Huntsville Item
As is the case with the perfection of any surgical procedure, the process of dental implantation evolved through several stages. For several decades dentists experimented with a number of different materials and configurations — including titanium blades, which were inserted into a groove in the jawbone, and subperiosteal frames, which were attached to the jawbone with screws. Both had abutments to which artificial teeth (individually or bridges or full dentures) were attached after the healing process was complete. The success rates for these early methods of implantation were not terribly impressive, ranging anywhere from 50 percent to 90 percent, and the long-term success rate — 10 years or longer — was not very good at all.
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