Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Researchers at UCLA School of Dentistry Announce the Development Game-Changing Implant Technology


Today's post is something that could prove to be a true changing moment in dental implants.  It is truly amazing to me how much progress has been made in the field of dental implantology in the last 20 years or so.  Early in my career, dental implants were an acceptable choice for replacing a missing tooth.  However, back then it was more of a "hit or miss" treatment.  By that I mean, when they worked, they worked really well, but sometimes they would fail.  For the non-dentists reading this, an implant needs to have the body attach bone to it and this stabilizes the situation.  This is referred to as "osseointegration".  Unfortunately, in some cases, the body would not build new bone around the implant and there would be a failure of osseointegration.

Over the years, implants have become more and more predictable as the field of implantology has evolved.  Now comes some incredibly interesting news from the UCLA School of Dentistry about a new technique involving the use of UV light to aid in the integration process.

A team of researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry has developed a new technology that could revolutionize dental implants. The new technology, which uses ultraviolet (UV) light to treat dental implants, has been shown to significantly improve the success rate of implants and reduce healing times.

How does the new UV technology work?

The new UV technology works by removing hydrocarbons from the surface of dental implants. Hydrocarbons are organic molecules that can prevent bone from attaching to the implant. By removing hydrocarbons, the UV technology allows bone to grow directly onto the implant surface, which improves the success rate of implants and reduces healing times.  This is an aid to osseointegration.

What are the benefits of the new UV technology?

The new UV technology has several potential benefits for patients, including:

Increased success rate of dental implants

Reduced healing times

Reduced risk of complications

Improved quality of life

What are the next steps for the new UV technology?

The researchers are currently conducting clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of the new UV technology. If the trials are successful, the technology could be commercially available within a few years.


The new UV technology is a promising breakthrough that could improve the lives of millions of people who have lost teeth. The technology has the potential to make dental implants more successful, more affordable, and more accessible.

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the new UV technology could also:

Reduce the need for bone grafting

Make it possible to place dental implants in patients who have previously been considered unsuitable for implants

Improve the long-term success rate of dental implants

The new UV technology is a significant advancement in dental implant technology. It has the potential to revolutionize the way that dental implants are placed and to improve the lives of millions of people.

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