Magdent, an Israeli company, developed a “revolutionary” device built into the cap of a dental implant to help prevent infections.
The normal implant procedure is a two-part process that begins with screwing a titanium root into the jaw and waiting a few months before bone grows around the newly implanted root.
According to theTower, Magdent says the new device will make the bone grow three times faster around the root by transmitting an electromagnetic field into the bone graft and implant.
“Ours is the first innovation that lets the doctor actively influence the healing process,” said Elad Yakobson, Magnet’s COO. “The device creates an electromagnetic stimulation from microelectronics inside the healing abutment. The doctor uses the same treatment protocols; there’s no learning curve.”
Globally, the dental implant market was at $7.3 million in 2015 and is expected to reach over $10.4 million by 2020.
Magdent’s new product, which focuses on electromagnetic technology, could soon be implemented into the dental industry across the globe.
“Electromagnetic stimulation helps kill bacteria,” Yakobson said, “so we are investigating how it might help treat peri-implantits. Currently, there isn’t really a cure. The dentist has to open the gum and treat the infection with antibiotics.”
Jewish Business News reports that the unit costs about $70 plus an additional one-time purchase of an activation device that works as a switch to control the microelectronics inside the structure.
“All dental implants are titanium screws,” Yakobson added, “any many companies have tried to accelerate osseointegration by changing the shape of the screw, but the differences are minor.”
Magdent, founded in 2011 by Dr. Shlomo Barak, oral maxillofacial surgeon and attorney. Barak also founded Israel’s Maccabident chain of dental clinics and lead the Jaw Institute at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera. When a patient came to Barak with serious jaw issues in the 1980s, Barak thought to first use electromagnetic stimulation.
After his patient underwent nine months of electromagnetic therapy, the patient’s jaw issues were resolved. Barak published a medical paper in The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery about his findings.
“Dr. Barak knew that Israel is good at miniaturizing things,” Yakobson added, “so he got the idea that this could be a good solution for implants.”
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