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    The top 10 dental discoveries of 2017

    Dental research came a long way this year, and some studies stood out above the rest.

     

    Implant

    New coating could make dental implants better than ever

    Infection is often cited as the main reason that most implants fail. If the risk of infection could be reduced, or even removed altogether, implant success would be much more likely.

    To accomplish this, a team of researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of Basque Country has developed implant coatings. The study, “Control of the degradation of silica sol-gel hybrid coatings for metal implants prepared by the triple combination of alkoxysilanes” was published in the Journal of Non-Crystalline solids.

    The coatings are not only able to prevent bacterial infection from occurring, but can also eliminate infection if it does occur. The coatings also have osseointegrating properties, which give greater strength to the implant.

    Click here to read the full study.

     

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    Laura Dorr
    Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.

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