Soldent, a Cutting-Edge Dental Implant Technology
Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) in Castellon, in collaboration with industry professionals, have created a new material prototype for new dental implant option for those with bone deficiencies.
It is common to lose bone in areas where teeth were previously removed. Poor bone quality or quantity can be caused by a number of diseases, including diabetes and cancers. Personal habits, such as smoking, may also play a part in bone deterioration. The current methods to remedy bone quality/quantity are done through bone grafting, sinus lifts, dental ridge augmentation, or soft tissue grafting. All of these are reliable and safe ways to reconstruct bones in order to be able to place dental implants.
The present technology that we use to induce bone growth is PRGF. The prototype material from UJI, called Soldent, is essentially a coating that would be put on the implant before it was set in the jawbone. Upon making contact with bone, the coating dissolves which then creates compounds that aid in bone formation.
Soldent has already been through the first step of testing. Through live animal testing researchers were able to generate the current prototype that will move into clinical evaluation with the hopes of obtaining a marketable product in the next few years.
Ultimately, Soldent could serve as a replacement to the current grafting procedures in areas where bone need is marginal. The problems of an altered bite line or spacing between teeth that can occur in bone deficient patients are expected to drop should this product hit the market. It also boasts a increased healing time so patients can return to normal life as quickly as possible. This technology is not expected to replace reconstructive treatments, but it may help to improve outcomes when bone quality or quantity is poor.
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on May 20th, 2013
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