The field of implant dentistry could change markedly in the next decade. A team of researchers in Indonesia used two different methods to create dental implants that helped accelerate bone healing.
We don’t know how long it will take these advances to make it to Joondalup, or even if they will endure the process of stringent double-blind testing, but we think both of these processes have a very good chance to be the future of dental implants.
The researchers at the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, tested different surfaces for their ability to efficiently integrate the implants with bone tissue. Their projected endgame is to make it possible to produce better personalised individual solutions to patient needs. Both studies were authored by Alireza Yaghoubi.
The first study used a bioactive outer coating which utilised magnesium silicates. This coating was found to inhibit the formation of microcracks that are thermally induced during sintering. The currently available products, which utilise phosphate bioceramics, develop microcracks during the process of preparation. They also tend to delaminate under pressure.
The second study utilised a method in which titanium implants were produced with what they called “special surface topographies.” They developed a sintering procedure that uses microwaves to densify pure titanium powder into implants with graded porosity in a one-step process. The study indicated that certain graded surfaces could as much as double the cell viability during the early stages of implantation, speeding the healing process.
Mr Yaghoubi concluded that manufacturing dental implants with these surface properties could be a large step toward the future ability to develop more personalised implant products. He believes that modern implant dentistry is moving towards the direction of more efficiently adapting the implant to the individual person, reducing the amount that the person has to adapt to the implant.
The researchers plan to put these implants on the market as soon as possible. To learn more, call(08) 9404 9500