6-15% of dental implant patients develop an inflammatory response in the years after receiving the treatment, caused by bacteria damaging the bone and soft tissue around the implant. Patients will soon be able to profit from a fast and affordable method assessing whether they carry these bacteria, a diagnostic test based around chewing gum.
This method was developed by a pharmaceutical research team at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany. Professor Lorenz Meinel, head of the JMU Chair for Drug Formulation and Delivery, said: "Anyone can use this new diagnostic tool anywhere and anytime without any technical equipment". He was aided in developing this new diagnostic tool by Dr. Jennifr Ritzer and her team; their invention is presently featured in an article in the journal Nature Communications.