Biomimetic Science News: Scientists Design Biologically Active Titanium Surface
If you’ve done any previous reading on the Prescott Dentistry website, you are well aware that Dr. Thompson have one of the select few practices in Arizona that specialize in advanced biomimetic dentistry. So it goes without saying that it’s a priority of Prescott Dentistry to stay on top of new and emerging technologies and findings in the field.
The latest advancement is stunning. By mimicking the biological makeup of mussels (molluscs or clams from freshwater or saltwater habitats) which are able to attach themselves to metal surfaces thanks to proteins found in their byssal threads, scientists have created the first biologically active titanium surface. These findings may contribute immensely to the creation of implants that are more biologically beneficial.
Titanium is one of the strongest metals and is used in medical procedures like dental implants and artificial joints. While it’s strength is nearly unmatched, up until this point it has lacked the beneficial biological properties of natural tissues found in teeth or bones. This is what makes the findings of RIKEN, who have successfully attached a biologically active molecule to a titanium surface, so significant. Read more about this fascinating example of biomimetic science here from Science Daily.
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