One of the most crucial aspects of successful dental implant surgery is osseointegration of the jaw with the dental implant post. To achieve adequate osseointegration, the surface of the implant must be properly treated and sterilized before surgery. This is most commonly done via sandblasting and acid-etching, which help clean the surface of the implant and prepare it for placement.
However, surface preparation treatments often make the surface material of the implant hydrophobic; thereby inhibiting successful osseointegration. This issue is resolved with a unique new UV activation technology, which studies show helps achieve 98% osseointegration within three months of dental implant surgery.
Before the insertion of dental implants, Dr. Jason Allred of River City Dentistry and Implants in Post Falls, ID, will sandblast and acid etches the implant posts to remove all extraneous materials. He then exposes the surface of the implants to high-frequency UV light using a DIO UV Activator (winner of 2020 iF Design Award for dental innovation). After just 20 seconds of exposure, the surface of the UV-activated dental implants becomes sterile and hydrophilic, which dramatically boosts the likelihood that the implant is accepted by vascular tissue at the placement site. The hydrophilic nature of the implants encourages blood flow to the surgical site, thereby promoting faster, more efficient healing. Full healing with UV-activated dental implants can be achieved in as little as two months, compared to an average of four to six months with traditional implant placement.
Ultraviolet (UV) light treatment of the implant surface results in the removal of organic materials (i.e. hydrocarbons) and produces a highly hydrophilic surface. This allows quicker and improved osseointegration by boosting blood absorption rate; hence, a better post-surgery prognosis is achievable. The demand for UV-treated implants is rising as a result of contemporary research, which suggests a virtually 100% osseointegration rate. The DIO system used by Dr. Jason Allred and the team at River City Dentistry and Implants is set up so it can be used with nearly all hydrophilic dental implants, including bone and tissue-level implants. Chairside UV-activated implants do not alter the implant protocol, nor do they make the application more difficult than a typical dental implant surgery.
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