Dental implants are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body and serves as a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. Your natural bone locks the implant into place by fusing, or attaching itself, to the implant. This process, known as osseointegration, gives teeth replaced using implants the stability and strength to support replacement teeth, withstand daily use, and function like regular teeth.
However, there is new research that supports a new type of material for the creation of these implants that help our patients feel more confident and achieve greater oral health. Michigan Technological University claims that titanium dioxide nanotubes can someday make dental implants even better. Scientists at MTU are working on a product that would alleviate our two biggest concerns about dental implants: separation from bone and infection.
Scientists are hopeful that these nanotubes will reduce infection, improve healing, and help dental implants last a lifetime, thereby boosting patient health and dental outcomes. These nanotubes could also act as a drug delivery system to deliver anti-inflammatory medication to help ease pain and increase healing. Finally, the nanotubes could be laced with silver nanoparticles that have microbial properties that may be used to prevent infection for the entire life of the implant.
While these nanotubules are still in development, our team is optimistic that advances in dental science can help our patients achieve the confidence, health, and smile they’ve always wanted.
Our team’s goal is to keep our patients informed about how new dental science can make an impact on your life. Schedule a consultation to learn more about dental implants and how they can improve your oral health and make your smile more beautiful.