At least 3 million Americans currently have dental implants and the number increases by 500,000 every year. People have started to accept that dental implants in Limerick are better than traditional dentures. However, for some people getting an implant is not the end of the story.
In the dental implant, bacteria can develop on the implant’s base and below the gum line. Over time, bacteria can result to pre-implantitis, a condition that may eventually lead to the loss of soft and hard tissues around the implant. When this condition occurs, it will require surgical intervention.
Originally, dental implants were designed for a small population and were considered experimental. According to Professor Malcolm Snead, there is now a major change in how dental implants are used. They can replace teeth that has poor prognosis. The problem is the implant is also susceptible to formation of biofilm and the patient’s immune response. Infection can be limited but it may result to loss of supporting soft and hard tissues.
Since implants are here to stay as replacement for missing teeth, Dr. Snead and 2 other researchers, Professor Casey Chen and research assistance Professor Yan Zhou along with Professor CandanTamerler, a collaborator at the University of Kansas, undertook a research to create bi-functional peptide film. This is a non-surgical intervention that is applied to water and then repeatedly applied to an existing implant to reduce the growth of bacteria.
The implant protective film is a water-based rinse that a patient could safely use like a mouth wash. At present, when there is a buildup of bacteria in the implant, the patient is prescribed with low-dose antibiotics. However, the water-based rinse is more targeted and multiple applications will allow the dental implant to last for a lifetime. Professor Snead’s group hopes to refine the peptide for FDA testing before they proceed to testing on large animal models.
The goal of dental implants in Limerick is to provide people with more affordable dental implants to recover their beautiful smile and self confidence. It is common for many people to stop from smiling because they are embarrassed with missing teeth. Dental implant is the solution that is better than dentures.