People who are elderly, have diabetes, smoke, or have osteoporosis are sometimes ineligible to get a dental implant even though they may be interested. The reason they might not be eligible is because the surgery may not be successful. These types of patients have bones which are not able to integrate the implant, causing the implant to be unsuccessful.
However, researchers at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellon have come up with an implant coating that has a novel biodegradable material which is aimed at helping people with bone deficit. It will help improve the overall success rate of implants for these types of patients because of an improvement in biocompatibility. A coordinator of the research group explained that the biodegradable coating will dissolve when it contacts the bone, and will release silicon compounds and other molecules which are bioactive to help jump start bone generation.
This is certainly an exciting prospect for those who want to get dental implants but fall into one of the above categories. If you have been evaluated for dental implants in the past but have not been a candidate, perhaps now is the time to try again. If you have neglected to apply as a candidate in the past because you have the issues mentioned above, it might be time to make that appointment to see if dental implants are right for you now.