Alaska Patent of the Month – December 2021

If a missing tooth – whether it was extracted or fell out for other reasons – is not replaced quickly enough, the jaw bone can begin to atrophy. If this happens for long enough, the patient is left with a ridge in the jaw bone that makes it nearly impossible to securely support a denture. They will also have a harder time chewing and poorer oral health overall. 

This rapid atrophication is due to the unique qualities of the jaw bone. This bone is uniquely capable of absorbing the shock that comes from chewing, speaking, and moving your teeth. When a tooth is lost or removed, the bone in that region no longer has regular bone pressure stimuli and results in resorption in the area.

Innovative Health Technologies, LLC has developed a pellet device to control the resorption in a fresh extraction site. Sometimes, the implant cannot be placed immediately for a variety of reasons. In these instances, the pellet can be used to facilitate bone formation within the tooth socket. The pellet is made of biocompatible materials with a polymer coating and creates a solid, mesh-like structure. His structure creates an environment conducive to bone growth by osteoinduction or osteoconduction. Once adequate one growth has occurred, the integrated bone structure can support a prosthesis, or can be cored to create an opening for an implant device. By controlling the shape and structure of the bone growth, the jaw can be conditioned for implant or denture support. 

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