Written by Dentistry Today Friday, 17 June 2011 10:59
Patients who receive new dental implants could heal from the procedures faster based on new research.
The surface structure of implants was studied at a micro level and a nano level by a research team at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. By making subtle changes to the conductivity of the implant, the body’s biomechanics could increase the rate at which a person heals. There would also be less discomfort involved.
Per-Ingvar Branemark came up with the original idea to use titanium, since titanium is a material friendly to the human body. Titanium has a thin layer of oxide that is formed naturally, which is the reason it meshes well with the body.