Dental implants are one of the most popular treatment options for missing teeth available today, and while they are one of the most successful and effective options, there are still cases where implant surgeries fail. Implants can fail due to a number of issues, including infection, rejection of the implant, weak connection to the bone, and mechanical issues.
Reducing Implant Failures
One of the most common reasons that an implant can fail is peri-implantitis, which occurs when biofilms develop on the implant during the healing process. A new study found that by implementing thin coatings to the implant posts, this issue can be reduced.
The coatings are made of a combination of silver, titanium oxide and hydroxyapatite, and work to prevent bacteria from forming on the post. In fact, the study found that the coating reduced biofilm from forming by 95%. The properties of the coating not only prevented infection from forming but also promoted a successful and faster healing process in the test patients.
While dental implants are still a very effective treatment for most patients, eliminating some of the potential errors is a fantastic development.
Dental Implants in Birmingham, AL
As developments continue in the world of dental implants, we hope to continue providing successful treatments to all of our patients. Dental implants are a strong, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing choice for tooth replacement. The process involves implanting a titanium post to replace your natural tooth root and then allowing the post to heal and bond to your jawbone. The implant is topped with a full crown and can be used just like a natural tooth.
If you have any questions about dental implants, or if you'd like more information on getting started, give our office a call today for more information! We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, happy smile.