Recently, an Swedish orthopedic surgeon named Per-Ingvar Brånemark passed away at the age of 85. If you did not know who he was, chances are you are familiar with his work (especially if you are reading this blog). In the dental community, Dr. Brånemark went by a different moniker Father of the Modern Dental Implant. He developed the modern version of the dental implant, a device which has changed the lives of millions of people. Ironically, this discovery was basically an accident. In 1952 Brånemark and his team were studying how blood flow leads to healing in rabbits (again, he was an orthopedic surgeon, not a dentist). They used titanium cylinders inserted into the rabbits to collect the blood samples. When they tried to remove the cylinders, they found that they couldn’t because the titanium had fused to the animals’ bones. Instead of declaring the study a failure, Brånemark sought to find a way this phenomenon could be used in different applications. The rest is history.
Not Quite As Influential, But Maybe?
Recently, our office also had a mishap – the server hosting our website crashed, along with our backups. At first I was frustrated and angry beyond belief, but I have decided to take this opportunity and give the website a makeover with fresh new content. While all of our previous blog posts and topics over the years have been lost, we have been able to recover a substantial chunk of the information through screenshots and other methods. Over the next several months, I will be re-posting these articles as well as adding new content on a regular basis.
This is an exciting time for the office in many regards. In addition to the new website, we are adding new services and technology to make your visit better than ever. Thank you for taking this ride with us, the best is yet to come!