Scientists discovered fragments of stones and seashells in the jawbones of skeletons found dating back to 600 A.D during the era of ancient Mayans. The foreign materials in the jawbone of the Mayans resulted in the early instances of implants that proved to be fused to the bone. Since then, dental implants have been developed from advanced technology with the most significant advancement occurring in the 1950s, the discovery of titanium and osseointegration.
Why is it called the money tooth?
The first mandibular molar #19 and #30 is considered the most commonly treated tooth in dentistry. Reasons are: over the years, more restorations follow and they keep getting bigger and bigger until a root canal is involved.
Some molar are crowned several times in the life of a patient with occasional crown lengthening and endodontic re-treatment. The money tooth is often functional until the root fractures or secondary caries makes it non-restorable. The tooth is then extracted and replaced with a dental implant.