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Archeologists who excavated Mayan burial sites in Central America found skeletal remains in which tooth shaped shells had been placed into empty tooth sockets. It is also believed that the ancient Egyptians inserted shells to replace missing teeth.
In 1952, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, P.I. Branemark discovered that titanium naturally fuses with bone in his experiments transplanting femurs in rabbits. Though originally interested in applications for knee and hip surgery, which commonly use titanium artificial joints today, Branemark switched his focus to the mouth for easier clinical observation and because widespread tooth loss in the general population offered numerous subjects for study.
Branemark published several articles about his work with dental implants and eventually commercialized his product in 1981. Today numerous companies worldwide manufacture and market dental implants in various lengths and shapes. It is estimated that more than 7 million Branemrk System implants have been placed worldwide.