Exciting Dental Implant News!
As with any surgical procedure, thereis a chance patients who undergo dental implant surgery may develop an infection or access. These situations occur as a result of the bacteria in the mouth infiltrating the surgical wound. Ways to minimize this risk include following post-procedure instructions, maintaining good oral hygiene, and avoiding the use of nicotine and tobacco products. But what if the dental implant itself fought against infection? Dr. Hudson discusses a new, cutting-edge research study that puts antibacterial agents in a special reservoir built inside the implant to help protect patient health.
Researchers at the University of Leuven in Belgium developed a dental implant that releases antimicrobial drugs to ward off and fight against infections. This is exciting news for Dr. Hudson, his peers, and patients because these antimicrobials have the ability to fight against disease-causing bacteria and other germs. Infection results in serious health complications that include the failure of the implant to ossify in the jaw bone and may mean bone loss, tooth loss and in some cases, even cardiovascular disease.
Disease-causing bacteria flourish in dental plaque, the sticky biofilm that forms on the teeth and gums in between brushings. Plaque is a haven for bacteria, and when patients do not practice proper oral hygiene, bacteria flourish and take over. By installing a slow releasing reservoir in the tooth, patients receive protection from the inside out.
The implant developed in the study has a reservoir under the crown portion of the tooth, which unscrews to be refilled. The implant is made of a porous material that allows the antimicrobial to leak out gradually.
Researchers tested the implant with chlorhexidine; an antimicrobial mouthwash used to combat pathogenic mouth bacteria. The study used the bacterium, Streptococcus mutans, which is known to cause oral and periodontal infections. The results of the study showed the benefit of the implant by the elimination of s. mutans bacteria in the mouth.
This news is definitely exciting to Dr. Hudson, and while it is not available just yet, shows promising advances in dental implant treatments. Questions about other ways to minimize dental implants, call Dr. Hudson today at 1.888.724.7986.