Technology Cheaper and safer dental implants through nanotechnology

Cheaper and safer dental implants through nanotechnology

The complications and high costs associated with dental implants could be a thing of the past, due to promising new technology developed by Griffith University.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth in place.

They are needed by hundreds of thousands of Australians but the risks of infection can be high, particularly if the patient has a condition such as osteoporosis or diabetes.

The Griffith University nanotechnology techniques will mean implants are less likely to fail or become infected.

“The technology I’m using enables me to nano-engineer the surface of commercially established implants with nanotubes, which can later be loaded with drugs such as antibiotics or proteins,” says Dr Karan Gulati from Griffith’s School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

Dr Gulati said the technology means implants had improved “integration” with the gums and bone, meaning there was less chance for microbes to enter the tissue and start infection.

He also expects the new technique will make implants less expensive, because patients are less likely to need follow-up treatments.

Clinical trials are likely to commence in 2017.

You can read more about this new technology here. Story credit: Griffith University newsroom.

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