New Dental Implant Tech Speeds and Improves Bone Growth

In ancient Egypt, carved pebbles or seashells would be anchored to the jawbones as a replacements for missing teeth. Nonetheless, the current dentistry domain has witnessed more sophistication, but the initial concept remains the same: placement of an artificial root into the jawbone to support a replacement crown. The procedure first starts with fixing a titanium root into the jawbone, and it takes about three to six months for the bone to grow firmly around it. Thereafter, a healing cap is placed on the implant’s top to assist in healing of the gum, after which it is replaced by a regular cap that connects the implant to the crown. Magdent, an Israeli company, recently revealed it had developed a miniaturized electronic abutment/cap which was capable of making the bone grow three times faster via transmission of electromagnetic fields into the implant and surrounding bone graft. Orthopedists have for a long time employed electromagnetic fields in treatment of complicated bone fractures since they facilitate growth of bone-building cells. Magdent has scaled the technology down to the dentistry domain, which could prove useful for dental implant candidates at risk cause of poor bone quality.

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