Nanodentistry can be defined as the science and technology of using nanostructured material to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral and dental diseases.
Nanomaterials and nanorobots are of great interest when considering advances in nanotechnology. The results of many clinical studies have shown a strong potential to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment planning as well as tissue regenerative materials for improving esthetics in the dental field.
Based on research published by Medicina Oral, nanodentistry will make it possible to maintain comprehensive oral health by involving the use of nanomaterials, biotechnology (including tissue engineering), and, ultimately, dental nanorobotics (nanomedicine). They claim it will be possible to maintain near-perfect oral health through the use of such materials.
Benefits of Nanodentistry for Dental Implant Surgery
Several concerns arise when considering dental implant surgery, such as an injury due to perforation of the maxillary sinus, nerve injury, or infection. Beyond injury and infection, implant failure is also a risk, with approximately 5% to 10% of dental implants failing. Failed implants can result from a lack of clinician experience, implant location, bone characteristics, and patient-related medical complications. With the assistance of robotics and navigational surgery, clinicians can achieve more successful implant placement procedures and lower the risk of failure.
A good demonstration of how nanodentistry is revolutionizing the dental market is with Neocis‘ Yomi, the first robotic system for dental implants. It has successfully performed over 1,000 dental implants throughout 2019. Neocis’ Yomi is the first and only FDA cleared robotic navigation system for the dental industry.
Implementation of Nanodentistry for Major Tooth Repairs
Nano Dental techniques for major tooth repair may take more time to evolve through several stages of development. Initially, it would be used for genetic engineering, tissue engineering, and tissue regeneration but later moving into growing new teeth in vitro and their installation. The manufacture and installation of an entire tooth, including both mineral and cellular components, could become feasible within the time and economic constraints of a typical office visit through nanodentistry.
Orthodontic nanorobots could directly manipulate the periodontal tissues, allowing rapid and painless tooth straightening, rotating, and vertical repositioning within minutes to hours. This offers an advantage over molar up righting techniques currently in use, which require weeks or months to complete.
Dental Implants Market Impact and Forecast
Overall, the goal of Nanodentistry is to provide comprehensive monitoring, control, construction, repair, defense, and improvement of patients’ oral health. Nanotechnology has the potential to greatly transform the field of medicine because it opens the door to novel opportunities for clinics and patients within the dental implants market.
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Driving the market for dental implants and final abutments is the rising number of dentists trained to place implant restorations in patients suffering from tooth loss. The growing number of treatment professionals are combining with expanding marketing efforts and increased consumer awareness. More training along with the implementation of new nanorobots allows for greater versatility in procedures a dentist can perform and will continue to drive this market.