There is an old saying that goes “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” However, according to a new study and its resulting discoveries, diamonds may also be a dental implant’s best friend. Dr. Altschuler and the rest of the staff at Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center in Gainesville, FL stumbled across this amazing news and just had to share it with our dental implant patients. For those of our patients that are financing their own treatment, there’s no need to fret. Just because the future of dental implants may be in diamonds does not mean they will carry a price tag that reflects it.
This is because the diamonds that are in line for use in dental implants are diamonds called nanodiamonds.
So, what are nanodiamonds?
Nanodiamonds are actually the byproducts of conventional mining and refining operations. That means these little pieces of diamonds are actually a mere four to five nanometers in diameter. The are also shaped like tiny soccer balls.
That being said, we can get to the interesting part.
Now, everyone knows that diamonds are one of the hardest substances on the face of the earth. As much as this strength might provide an advantage to dental implants, the idea behind using nanodiamond material in dental implants did not just come from a desire to improve their durability. Apparently nanodiamond material improves bone strength while simultaneously fighting osteonecrosis, which is a potentially crippling disease where bones in the body break down due to reduced blood flow.
Wow! Who knew diamonds were so healthy?
During dental bone repair procedures, dentists will usually insert a sponge a sponge through surgical methods to the area of bone needing treatment. That sponge then locally administers proteins which improve and stimulate bone growth. However, the discoveries uncovered in this recent research endeavor have revealed that using nanodiamond material to deliver these bone strengthening material may be more effective than the original method of doing so with a sponge. This is because the unique surface and shape of the nanodiamonds allow proteins to be delivered at a slower rate. As a result of this, the affected area may be able to undergo treatment for a longer period of time.
These groundbreaking discoveries are serving as a launch pad for the future of nanodiamonds in dental technology. Aside from dental implants, nanodiamonds have the potential to aid several other oral health and surgery as well as regenerative medicine.
These findings have been published in the Journal of Dental Research, in an article titled “Multi-protein Delivery by Nanodiamonds Promotes Bone Formation.”
Well, here’s hoping that dental implants and our jawbones favor diamonds as much as many women do. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Until next time guys, keep smiling.