Researchers from UCLA School of Dentistry have developed dental implant technology “that ensures near-perfect osseointegration, faster healing times, and significantly reduced complications for patients,” reports the school. The team was led by Takahiro Ogawa, D.D.S., Ph.D..
The team discovered a method of using ultraviolet (UV) light treatment to improve efficiency of dental implants, provide faster healing times, and reduce complications that are common for implant patients, such as peri-implantitis. The UV treatment is done chairside just before the implant procedure takes place.
Implants treated with UV light show nearly 100% bone integration and reduce bacterial susceptibility by 60%, making implants a more viable options for even more patients such as those with diabetes or other health issues.