Scientists have successfully used growth hormones in oral implantology to regenerate the bone and speed up the integration between the bone base and dental implant.
The researchers, from the School of Odontology at the University of Granada, claim that this process reduces the wait time for placing a crown on an oral implant from six months to two weeks.
This is because it promotes better osteointegration, the process by which new bone forms around the implant, forming a "direct biochemical joint between the raw bone and the surface of the implant",
Professor Antonio Cutando Soriano, one of the supervisors of the research, said: "We must consider that a dental implant is successful when it is possible to get a firm, stable and lasting joint between the bone substratum and the crown constructed on it that was the goal of this research work."
In achieving this they have also managed to improve patient's quality of life by reducing the waiting period, he added.
Dental implants are currently gaining in popularity in the US as a permanent method for replacing lost teeth, as opposed to dentures.
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