Biomimetic Principles for Implants

Taking care of your mouth has become a more manageable task thanks to biomimetic dentistry. This method focuses on the promotion of tooth-conserving dentistry and aims to extend the lifespan of natural teeth. Biomimetic methods help dentists learn how to properly detect and remove caries and practice the conservative restoration of the tooth structure to ensure that it still resembles the appearance of a natural tooth. 

When it comes to dental implants, osseointegration is one of the most popular methods in the dental industry today. Osseointegration is the process of surgically integrating and anchoring an artificial implant into the bone that then grows into the implant. The bone healing procedure around the dental implants (usually using titanium) involves biological events that mimic natural bone healing and are regulated by many growth and differentiation factors. 

Titanium is widely used in osseointegration because of its durability and biocompatibility. Moreover, the surface characteristic of dental implants complements the features of titanium and influences the progress and success of the osseointegration. The more natural the materials used in the integration process, the easier it’ll be for the dental implants to mimic the bone matrix in the mouth. 

Several studies were published suggesting that the titanium surface condition used in osseointegration can be improved using surface coating with osteoconductive compounds (e.g., hydroxyapatite and calcium phosphate) and biomolecules. According to studies, this method encourages the induction of new bone formation and accelerates bone formation. 

Additionally, studies also supported that coating implants with biomolecules can accelerate the initial health times of the mouth during the integration of the dental implant. As a result, this process can reduce overall treatment times and increase success rates of implants. 

Utilizing pharmacologic agents like bisphosphonates is also an excellent way to improve bone density in highly cancellous bones. Because these materials are biocompatible, using them to coat implants increases the ability of the implant and bone to integrate with each other.

Because of the number of benefits it can provide, it’s no surprise why biomimetic dental implants are catching up as the next big thing in restorative dentistry. With biomimetic dental implants, patients and dentists will see that preserving the natural structure of the teeth will result in greater longevity and better health of the natural teeth. This procedure provides tremendous economic benefits for both patients and dentists.