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Researchers developing smart dental implants that resist bacterial growth, generate their own electricity

From californianewstimes.com
2021-09-09 20:29:04

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“Smart” dental implants can improve current devices by promoting the health of the surrounding gingival tissue using biofilm-resistant nanoparticles and battery-powered lights. Credit: Gelsu Hwang

More than 3 million people in the United States have dental implants, which are used to replace teeth lost due to rot, periodontal disease, or injury. Implants represent a breakthrough beyond dentures and bridges, are designed to fit much more safely and last for over 20 years.

However, implants often fall short of their expectations and instead require replacement in 5-10 years due to local inflammation or periodontal disease, requiring the patient to repeat costly and invasive procedures.

“We wanted to tackle this problem, so we came up with something innovative and new. Implant“Geelsu Hwang, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry, said. He has an engineering background involved in the study of oral hygiene issues.

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