Dental implants date back into the days of the Mayan empire. Recently a Mayan woman’s skeletal remains were dug up in Honduras. Inside of the woman’s mouth were implants made of sea shells. Archaeologists have also discovered teeth made of gold, silver, and ivory in the mouths of Ancient Egyptians.
Nowadays implants are made out of high-grade sterile titanium, similar to the material used to make NASA’s space shuttles. They fuse to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. After the implant integrates, your dentist could put a tooth on it and restore your natural bite.