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New Coating Material Increases The Success Rate Of Dental Implants

It seems like the shape and density of dental implants is constant. No new innovations are being made for the materials used, the threading does not change as often as it used to, and the shapes have pretty much been constant for a long time now. Almost all of the innovations coming to the realm of dental implants deal with the issue of coating.

Almost all dental implants are now coated with materials that help enhance the ability to bond with the bone, and aid osseointegration (the process by which the bone grows around and through the dental implants). Surfaces and surface treatments like acid etching are also evolving, but the potential is limited, we know that the material needs to be firm enough to not bend from torque, but yet a little porous in order to let the bone grow into the dental implant. But surface coatings have practically infinite potential to grow. 

A New Coating

Just last week we posted about a coating material that helps with making new bone material and can shorten your treatment time by up to fifty percent. This week, my eyes have seen yet another relatively new coating material (it was discovered in April of this year). The function of this new coating material is somewhat different, although it also serves to enhance initial stability, and it was designed to help the elderly, those with diabetes, osteoporosis or any other condition that makes bones too weak to support dental implants. The coating is biodegradable, and will degrade into silicon bits that anchor the dental implant to the jawbone. This makes it so that you can have the dental implants even if you have insufficient bone density. 

The silicon also helps in generating bone, but first and foremost its function is to replace the need for the bone to grow all around and inside of the dental implant, thus providing an alternative for those who are looking for a dental implant, but cannot get one because of brittle bones or low bone density.