Dental implants in Philadelphia provide a lasting solution to tooth loss, making them the solutions of choice for people with dental issues such as rampant tooth decay and severe periodontal disease. The most durable ones are made of titanium, a substance that effectively bonds to natural bone. This bonding process— known as osseointegration— creates a permanent link between the implant and the bone. However, while dental implants aid in the complete restoration of a patient’s smile, it’s still possible for complications to occur post-surgery. While the risk of complications is considered to be very low (less than 5 percent of all dental implant cases), they remain very much a reality. The most common concerns regarding dental implants are infection and separation from the bone.
Thankfully, these concerns may soon be a thing of the past, as the medical community recently announced the development of a new nanotube coating that dramatically improves the chances of dental implant success. Science Daily provides more info on this latest development:
Tolou Shokuhfar, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is now working with Cortino Sukotjo, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry on a dental implant with a surface made from TiO2 nanotubes. "We have done toxicity tests on the nanotubes, and not only did they not kill cells, they encouraged growth," she said. She has already demonstrated that bone cells grow more vigorously and adhere better to titanium coated with TiO2 nanotubes than to conventional titanium surfaces. That could keep more dental implants in place.
Shokuhfar and Friedrich have received a provisional patent and are working with two hospitals to further develop the technology, and eventually license it. Shokuhfar expects that implants with the new nanotubular surface will be easily assimilated into the market, since titanium implants, both dental and orthopedic, have a long history.
With all the advantages the nanotubes offer, these new dental implants are definitely something to look forward to. However, the technology is still in the early stages of research, so when the new technology will gain widespread use remains to be seen. In the meantime, you can rest assured that Philadelphia dental implant specialists like Gerald Regni, DMD, will provide you with the best dental implant services possible.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Smile! New Nanotube Surface Promises Dental Implants That Heal Faster and Fight Infection, Science Daily, Sep. 23, 2013)