Dental implant coatings have been improved by technology
The European Patent Office has granted the Jaume I of Castellon and Basque country university a title to an invention of osteoinductive coatings for dental implants. This technology achieves an integration with the jawbone of higher quality in less time by boosting bone generation around the implanted part.
A technology developed by a team at the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) of Castellón and the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU) has achieved the title to an invention of osteoinductive coatings for dental implants, granted by the European Patent Office (EPO).
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Examiners of EPO have recognized the originality of the technology developed for eight years by the research group Polymers and Advanced Materials, led by Professor July Suay UJI and the Biomaterials Group, Department of Science and Technology of Polymers of the UPV-EHU.
The patented technology is a coating applied on the surface of the bone implants, particularly dental implants, which allows them to achieve an integration with the jawbone of higher quality and in a shorter time by boosting generation of bone around the implanted part.
These properties, which are now officially recognized by the EPO, have led the company Grupo ILERIMPLANT, GMI implant manufacturer to obtain an operating license for the patent. The patent is the result of the work of an interdisciplinary team of seventeen people from academic and professional experience in the areas of engineering, chemistry, biology, biotechnology and medicine. In the field of maxillofacial surgery, the implant serves to replace the tooth root, thereby creating a solid piece on which you can place the prosthesis or dental crown. The goal, as the other implants, is to restore the lost functionality.
The use of dental implants has expanded widely in recent years, resulting in a growing market. However, there are patients who can’t be operated by metabolic, hematological, cardiological problems or metabolic bone diseases. These patients have lost their ability to regenerate bone and therefore the implant osseointegration process is compromised, which is why dentists advise against the intervention.
Other problems that can cause implant failure are the deficit in the quality and bone quantity, and in elderly patients or smokers (high risk factor for implant failure). But the coatings developed by the UJI and UPV/EHU aim to provide a solution to these patients, since they are able to promote bone formation in patients with poor bone quality, thus giving them access to the solutions of dental implantology in order to recover the functionality of their teeth.
The patent for these coatings falls within the so-called functional coatings, which are coatings that possess, in addition to its applicability and adhesion to different surfaces, specific valuable properties.