New Nanotechnology may Reduce Dental Implant Failure

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By covering the implant in titania nanopores, this technology is designed to improve the soft-tissue seal of dental implants. Photo courtesy of Dental Tribune.

Dental implant failure is one of the most prominent complications regarding dental implants. According to Dr. Karan Gulati, from the University of Queensland’s school of dentistry, risk of dental implants failing can be around 5-10%, and can be up to 20% for those who smoke. Those of old age or who have underlying health conditions such as diabetes are also at increased risk. Dental implants can carry a high financial burden, as well as having a considerable impact on a patient’s well-being. This makes implant failure a significant concern for many patients.

Implants often fail when the body’s tissue fails to integrate with the implant, which can lead to infection. Researchers at the University of Queensland recently tested a potential solution to this issue. They covered the entire surface of the implant abutment in holes that are 40-80nm in diameter using electrochemical anodization.

The researchers compared these titania nanopores to regular titanium covered controls. The implants with titania nanopores had greater cell viability, and formed an improved soft-tissue seal compared to the controls.

The next step for this technology will likely be clinical trials to test its effectiveness. Speaking on the future of this technology, Dr. Gulati said:

“We have optimised the protocols and the therapies, now we are ready to turn the research into reality. We are currently seeking funding to enable us to purchase additional equipment and recruit staff so that clinical translation can commence.”

Via: Dental Tribune

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