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Novel instrument for oral implantoprosthesis

The biomedical industry has been developing prosthetic devices for some time in many application fields. Focusing on reducing the risk factors associated with oral implantoprosthesis, an Italian team developed a novel pin instrument. The device exhibits unique features that offer increased safety to the patients and convenience to the physicians.
Novel instrument for oral implantoprosthesis
Nowadays, medicine is extensively using prosthetic devices either for corrective or restorative purposes as replacements of a missing body part. Particularly for oral prosthetic devices, these are surgically embedded in tissues. Despite their evident benefits, in many cases their incompatibility with surrounding tissues leads to serious health damage, such as bone tumours resulting from surgical trauma. In addition, because of the complexity involved in the surgical intervention, patients waiting times dramatically increase. In order to minimise these risks, a research group from Italy centred its efforts on developing a new instrument for oral implantoprosthesis. It is a pin device, available in many sizes. It consists of two separate assembling parts joined together during implantation in order to form an inseparable, yet flexible body. The innovative geometry of the device structure allows the uniform distribution of stresses on the surrounding bones. The pin acts as a self-anchoring element inside the oral cavity that takes advantage of the natural bone elasticity for its total immobilisation during implantation. Depending on the individual's anatomy and the oral area of application, the pin comes in two types, either for substituting a missing natural organ or for filling openings. In both cases, it performs exceptionally for its purposes. Due to its high quality and wear resistant material component there is a perfect compatibility with surrounding bone tissues. Moreover, because of its implantation method, it prevents the formation of scars, which are the primary causes of bone cancers. With the focus on health promotion and disease prevention, the new medical device will significantly improve the oral implantations.

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Record Number: 80492 / Last updated on: 2005-09-18
Domain: Biology, Medicine