Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 01 May 2013 08:51
People with a bone deficiency may be in luck.
Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellon, Spain have created an implant coating with biodegradable material. This will serve to increase the success rate of implants. At the same time, the total time of osseointegration will be lowered.
The goal of this new material is to enable some people to go about their normal lives faster than they can now. For some people, the implant could take months to be anchored to the jawbone.
This material works by releasing silicon compounds during degradation, serving to promote bone generation.
Some of the testing included in vitro testing with cell cultures of various biomaterials and, eventually, live animal evaluation. This was done until the desired results were feasible. The next part included clinical evaluation to create sanitary products that can be marketed within a few years.
This research is necessary because not replacing a tooth creates other problems, like altering one’s bite line. Periodontal diseases like gingivitis or periodontitis also may be an issue. As a result, it’s essential to replace the tooth as quickly and effectively as possible.