For most people, the designation Swedish is likely to
conjure up immediate word associations. Alfred
Nobels dynamite and his prizes come to mind; or Ikea
and Ingmar Bergman movies; and of course Volvos and
Saabs in spite of General Motors and Ford involvement.
However, if you are a prosthodontist or in another specialty that does preprosthetic surgery, the name which
comes to mind is Per-Ingvar Brånemark’s. The genesis
of osseointegration and its early nurturing are the results of his pioneering research activities, which have dramatically revolutionized the treatment of completeand partial edentulism as well as the management of maxillofacial deficits.