Israel Medical Firm Creates New Technology to Increase the Success Rate of Dental Implants
The dental industry has enjoyed several key advances in the past decade, and dental implants have already restored millions of smiles all over the world. Now, an innovative company has developed a way to improve the success rate of this groundbreaking procedure.
According to Times of Israel, Israeli start-up medical firm Magdent has created an electromagnetic technology that can dramatically increase the success rate of dental implants among patients who do not respond well to the procedure.
The dental implant process begins with a titanium post being inserted into the gums in place of a missing tooth. The patient must then wait about three to six months for this post to fuse to the bone within their gums, which is known as osseointegration.
Often times, patients encounter issues during osseointegration when the dental implant refuses to adhere to the bone. Before Magdent created this new technology, patients would need to under osteogenesis, a painful and tedious procedure in which bone is grafted onto the implant area.
Magdent’s new solution is a mini-motor attached to the dental implant that emits an electromagnetic field (EMF), strengthening the bone and shortening the osseointegration process.
Dr. Shlomo Barak, founder and CEO of Magdent, believes that this new technology “could change the approach of dentists and doctors to implants in general, and especially to the process by which infections resulting from the implantation process are treated.”
About 74% of adults believe that an unattractive smile can hurt their career success, and missing teeth are one of the common complaints among dental patients. Dental implants have been around for several decades, but they’ve recently become a staple of the industry since companies like Magdent began to improve the procedure.
In fact, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry reported that at least three million Americans currently have dental implants, and that number is growing by 500,000 each year. While Magdent’s invention is still in its early stages, the number of people seeking dental implants will certainly increase once it becomes widely available.
Barak created this new technology after reading numerous studies from the U.S. and Russia that support the use of electromagnetic fields in bone regeneration. However, he wanted to conduct his own study to ensure that it was suitable for dental use.
To conduct this study, Magdent performed dental implant procedures on 22 rabbits, exposing half of them to the mini-motor EMF technology. At the study’s conclusion, researchers found that the rabbits exposed to the EMF had much denser bones and higher success rates than the control group.
Magdent’s system is already patented in the U.S. and Europe, and Barak hopes to test the EMF mini-motor on humans in the coming months.