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In Memoriam: Prof. Per-Ingvar Brånemark (1929-2014) The Father of Osseointegration

“Surround yourself with some of the best minds in your field, and you’re bound to succeed.”

 

— Per-Ingvar Brånemark

FOR wishes to extend our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Per-Ingvar Brånemark, who passed away on December 20, 2014, after a long illness in Gothenburg, Sweden on December 20, 2014. Often referred to as the “father of the modern dental implant,” Prof. Brånemark’s attention to substantiated and rigorously documented research in the area of innovated bone-anchored restorative solutions improved the quality of life for millions of dental patients around the world. Prof.Brånemark’s observation, in the mid-twentieth century, that the human body would not only tolerate titanium, but also integrate it into living bone tissue (under carefully controlled conditions) revolutionized the fields of dental, maxillofacial and orthopedic rehabilitation. Both in Sweden and abroad, Per-Ingvar Brånemark’s achievements in the field of osseointegration have opened up entire new areas of promising new ways of treating patients better, and it is also in that spirit of innovation and unwavering dedication to education and scientific research that the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation exists.

Learn more about the “man who made the people smile.”

Per-Ingvar Brånemark, commonly called P-I by his friends and colleagues, was born in Karlshamn,Sweden,May 3,1929.

In 1956, he received is doctoral degree from the University of Lund in Sweden. Three years later, he defended successfully his Ph.D. thesis on "Vital Microscopy of Bone Marrow in Rabbit," which would later lay the foundation for his discovery of osseointegration. A few years later he became a professor of Anatomy at the University of Göteborg, where he established The Institute for Applied Biotechnology in 1977 .

In 1977, he published in the “Osseointegrated implants in the treatment of the edentulous jaw. Experience from a 10-year period”, the Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His paper proved thatosseointegration using titanium implants was also a viable clinical option. In 1982, Prof. Brånemark began training teans outside Sweden on oral rehabilitation and implants.