Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Oscar E. Beder: Pioneer in dental implant research and prosthodontist

  • Thomas D. Taylor
    Corresponding author: Dr Thomas D. Taylor, Department of Reconstructive Sciences School of Dental Medicine University of Conneticut, 263 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06030-1615
    Professor and Head, Department of Reconstructive Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT
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      The pioneers of implant dentistry are well-known to those of us who practice and study in the field. The watershed event of the May 1982 Toronto conference at which Per-Ingvar Brånemark from Gothenburg, Sweden presented his concept of osseointegration to an assembled audience of North American academic prosthodontists and oral surgeons was the starting point of the modern era of oral implantology. Brånemark’s record of scientific endeavor encompasses a wide range of experimental topics focused around vital microscopy related to wound healing, vascularity, toxicity, and the influence of drugs on living tissues. His work in this field ultimately led somewhat serendipitously to the introduction of his experimental technology to oral implantology. His early successes led, in 1965, to the placement of titanium root form implants in an edentulous human mandible. Further early clinical trials led to the successful commercialization of Brånemark’s technology, ultimately called the Brånemark Osseointegrated Implant System and originally marketed by Bofors Nobelpharma of Sweden. That highly successful system led the way in the rapid acceptance of dental implants as a suitable option to more traditional fixed and removable prosthodontic procedures.
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