Nanotechnology is a science that researches and develops devices and materials on a molecular or atomic level. It is increasingly present in medicine, including dentistry.
Nanotechnology in dentistry refers to:
- diagnostic systems
- agents that aid in the absorption of drugs
- restorative materials
- regenerative materials
- materials for bone and tissue grafting
- increasing the quality of osseointegration
American engineer Kim Eric Drexler improved and introduced the concept of molecular nanotechnology, which began to be used in various industries, including dentistry. Drexler contributed to the development of light and durable materials with special chemical and mechanical properties that we use in the dental clinic.
Nanotechnology and restorative dentistry
The development of nanotechnology in the dental industry lead to the use of nanofillers in manufacturing of composite fillings.
Due to the better properties of the material, the fillings are strong and resistant, do not wear out and can be highly polished. Nanofillers in the filling disperse light in different directions and the filling takes on the colors of the surrounding natural tooth. We call this a “chameleon effect“.
Nanotechnology and dental diagnostics
The community of microorganisms we call biofilm is in contact with the tooth surface and is often the cause of caries and periodontal infection.
We use nanotechnology to identify and eliminate these specific pathogenic microorganisms. The nanopowder in the oral cavity will color the bacteria and make them easier to remove.
Nanotechnology and regenerative dentistry
Augmentation (bone grafting) is the process of bone tissue restoration. Lack of teeth can lead to the thinning of the jawbone and create a problem when placingimplants. By transplanting a bone graft (augmentation), the implantologist can create enough bone to install a new tooth root (implant).
Nanotechnology is responsible for the discovery of a new type of bone graft – hydroxyapatite – whose quality stimulates the recovery of bone structure.
It is used for alveolar ridge preservation, restoration of bone defects, surgery of the root apex, sinus lift and for stimulating osseointegration.
Nanotechnology and dental implantology
Nanotechnology speeds up the process [LINK WEB “IMPLANT PROCEDURE IN APOLONIJA”] of osseointegration by which the implant fuses with the jawbone. At the Apolonija Dental Clinic, we use implants whose surface is treated with nano particles. They stimulate osseointegration and better fusing of implants.
The Apolonija Dental Clinic combines a 50-year tradition with state-of-the-art treatment protocols and state-of-the-art technology.
We approach each patient individually.