During the time of the Phoenicians and Chinese, Egyptian and Mayan, some of the first dental implants of the world were created. For reasons of masticatory or aesthetic necessity, there is evidence that, through material such as ceramics, metal, ivory, shells and bones, these civilisations found the first solutions for tooth loss.
In Egypt the noblest of them replaced, after death, lost teeth with human teeth of others or animals, or used gold alloys as the Phoenicians did. The latter also used ivory as a resource. Chinese ancestors used bamboo cuttings as replacements for missing teeth. Yet, the Mayan civilisation, it is believed, was the first civilisation to create an artificial tooth and put it into a living patient. In South America, archaeologists have found the jaw of a woman, dating back to 600 BC, with dental implants made out of shells and indicating that the procedure was made while she was still alive.