New method for stronger dental implants

14 May 2012

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A new coating could help dental implants adhere to bone much faster.

Millions of people have missing teeth replaced with dental implants. Following the procedure there is a "healing" timeof four to six months as the implant adheres to the bone. Now, for the first time, a drug coating that has been tested on humans allows titanium screws to adhere to the bone better and faster. The researchers behind the method report that the results are good.

The new coating, developed in Sweden, consists of a very thin layer of protein that attaches to the metal surface. Attached to the protein is a drug usually used to treat osteoporosis. Studies have revealed that the treated implants were noticeably better established after 6 months that non-coated implants.

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