Annual Advancements in Medicine Section
From 3D-printing technology in dentistry, to robotic arm assistance in orthopedic surgeries, to anesthetic advances and beyond, new research in the medical field makes for easier procedures for patients and doctors alike. These Chattanooga-based medical professionals share the latest in revolutionary treatment options.
By Lindsey June
Titanium mesh can help with bone regeneration in patients with periodontal disease.
Understanding Periodontal Bone Loss
If you’re concerned about your gum health, don’t delay an appointment with your dentist. Periodontal disease – which affects the gums and bone – is far more common than you might think and, if left untreated, can develop into serious health issues. According to the CDC, 47% of Americans aged 30 or older have some form of periodontal disease, with 70% of adults 65 and older affected.
If the disease progresses, it can affect the tissues that support the teeth, causing tooth loss. When teeth are missing, the jawbone deteriorates due to the lack of stimulation normally provided by chewing and biting. While bone loss is a major concern for those suffering from periodontal disease, there are new and improved solutions for bone loss prevention and bone regeneration.
Thanks to advances in periodontal bone regeneration, it’s now possible to reconstruct portions of the bone with titanium mesh using ReOss® Technology. Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software helps dental professionals create custom-molded, protective 3D-printed meshes for undisturbed bone healing.
This augmented bone creates durable support when implants are needed. It also comes in handy for other dental procedures. The plasticity of the titanium means that it can adapt to various bone defects, and the porosity of the mesh helps with distributing blood supply. Titanium mesh is highly compatible with tissues in the mouth, making it a safe and desirable option.
Benefits to Patients
When 3D-printed titanium mesh is used for bone regeneration in cases of periodontal disease, it offers enormous benefits to patients. Not only does it create a perfect anatomical fit, but it makes the regeneration of bone possible. The mesh created by ReOss® Technology is easy to fixate and remove, leads to high implant survival rates compared to implants placed in intact bone, and has earned the trust of many dental professionals.
It’s still important to take care of your gums so that bone loss won’t occur, but thanks to this impressive CAD/CAM technology, easy healing and regrowth are finally possible.