Dental Implants by Mayans

The earliest examples of dental implant operations using non organic materials implanted in to the jawbone was circa 600 CE. In Honduras it was found that the Mayas of South America used shell(s), curved to look like teeth, and inserted into the empty tooth sockets of the jawbone.

600 CE
South America

Additional Information:

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