Implants are artificial roots which are used to insert teeth and which nowadays give very good results. Nevertheless, the Inasmet Foundation together with the dental specialist Mikel Maeztu is developing a new treatment for the Donostia company, Lifenova Biomedical. This treatment will help to strengthen the union between implant and bone. It involves implants inserted through ionic implantation.
The aim of the research is to develop new implants for human patients, and so before carrying out the first tests on humans, many previous tests have to be carried out, both at the laboratory level and with animals. To date tests have been carried out with rabbits and dogs and eventually will be carried out on humans.
The problem arises from the fact that not just any material may be implanted into the body. On the material being foreign to the organism, it will be attacked by the immune system. Thus, it is important to use material that will not trigger an immune response, i.e. biocompatible materials. These materials are called biomaterials, and they are ever-increasingly used in medicine.
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