Achieving Superosseointegration: The Photofunctionalization EffectYang Cheng* and Yassir Abdelrahman Hag Elkhidir
Department of Stomatology, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
- *Corresponding Author:
- Yang Cheng
Department of Stomatology, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1277, Jiefang Avenue
Wuhan 430022, Hubei, P.R. China
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 02, 2017; Accepted date: May 09, 2017; Published date: May 16, 2017
Citation: Cheng Y, Elkhidir YAH (2017) Achieving Superosseointegration: The Photofunctionalization Effect. Dentistry 7:435. doi: 10.4172/2161-1122.1000435
Copyright: © 2017 Cheng Y, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Osseointegration is the backbone of successful implant stability. Biological ageing of titanium implants decreases its bioactivity leading to less bone to implant contact. Ultraviolet photofunctionalization reverses the ageing process, increases the bone-implant contact to almost 100% in what is known as “Superosseointegration”, and therefore increasing the strength and the primary stability of implants while decreasing the healing time. Photofunctionalization was shown to improve the prognosis, decreased morbidity and to have a significant impact on clinical practice. The aim of this review is to explain the events on the molecular level, the clinical implications of photofunctionalization and to highlight some of the other applications associated with this new technology.