A study carried out by researchers from the research group of Odontological and Maxillofacial Pathology and Therapeutics at the UB and at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) concludes that bone scintigraphy may be a suitable technique for monitoring the procedure in bone integration implants. The paper has been published in the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants and its authors are researchers M. Ángeles Sánchez Garcés, M. Cristina Manzanares Céspedes, Leonardo Berini Aytés and Cosme Gay Escoda, who is professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Pathology and director of the consolidated research group of Odontological and Maxillofacial Pathology and Therapeutics.
Osseointegration is a process which consists in connecting the surface of a dental implant, usually made of titanium, with the jawbone. This technique allows patients who have lost teeth to fully recover the ability to chew, as well as having an aesthetic function. The success of osseointegration depends on how the surgery is performed, the design and implant surface and the biological integration process that occurs after surgery. This process takes several months and it is important that the surgeon knows how the process of integration of the implant to bone evolves.