Dental implants serve an important role in helping to replace lost or damaged teeth. Inserted directly into the jawbone, dental implants look and function naturally, and offer a low maintenance alternative to dentures.
However, individuals with osteoporosis, seniors, diabetics, and cancer patients are not always eligible to receive dental implants due to their jawbones being unable to properly integrate the implant. To make dental implants a more available alternative to these types of patients, researchers from the Universitat Jaume in Castellon have developed a new coating for implants that use a biodegradable material designed to work on patients that suffer a bone deficit.
Early findings suggest this new technique of enhanced biocompatibility will improve the overall success rate of dental implants and reduce the amount of time it take the jawbone to integrate an implant. This could lead to improved smiles for thousands of patients whose bodies previously couldn’t handle the strain of a dental implant.
Using current practices, it took at least two months for the body to fully incorporate and anchor into the jawbone the titanium implant used by dentists. Until this bond formed, dentist could not attach the ceramic crown that replaced the visible part of a tooth, which required patients to either suffer a gap in their smile or to use a dental bridge in the interim.
However, using the newly developed coating method has allowed researchers to dramatically reduce the amount of time the body requires to accept the implant. This will allow dentists to install crowns sooner and restore a patient’s smile back to health in a much shorter period of time.
The method used by researchers involves covering the implant with biodegradable coating that dissolves after coming into contact with the bone. After dissolving, the coating releases a silicon compound and other bioactive materials that promotes bone generation.
This technique of bone regeneration is completely different than what dentists have previously used to stimulate the body’s efforts to assimilate an implant. Systems currently used by dentists consist of increasing the roughness of the implant to facilitate a quicker integration into the bone. While this new method still must undergo clinical testing to determine whether it will work on humans, the long-term prospects of this type of research offers many benefits to patients who were previously viewed as incompatible for existing implant technique.
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The primary goal of this research was to improve the success rate of dental implants among patients who suffer from jawbone deficiencies. Without the option of using a dental implant to replace lost teeth, patients had an increased risk of suffering from a number of oral health problems, including misaligned bite, the disordering of teeth, and the development of empty spaces in the smile, which alone make gum disease more likely.
The development of gingivitis and periodontitis can cause the clamping mechanisms of a patient’s teeth to further deteriorate and lead to the loss of even more teeth. This makes the replacement of lost teeth so important to maintaining a patient’s oral health.
Researchers hope to have the new implant tested and ready for patients within the next two years.
If you’re in need of dental implants, call Sonora Dentist today at 209-533-9630 to schedule your consultation with Jamestown, CA dentist Dr. Paul Berger.