Gum Disease may be Treatable with Bioceramic Material
I know this sounds boring but it is actually very interesting!!! Gum disease is a major cause of bone and
tooth loss, and can also raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. Recent research has revealed that silicon
nitride – a ceramic material used in spinal implants could lead to effective new types of gum disease
How? After just 6 days of exposure – the chemical reactions of the ceramic materials with the bacterial
cells found in gum disease (P.gingivalis cells) degraded the nucleic acids in the bacterial cells and
reduced their ability to produce essential proteins and fats.
Current treatment options include deep cleaning – such as scaling and root planning to remove the
built-up plaque that harbors the bacteria, surgery and antibiotics.
Researchers conclude that while further studies are needed, their finding show silicon nitride offers a
new and promising way to treat gum disease.
Link to full article: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/308784.php