About 6-15% of patients who receive dental implants to replace their teeth subsequently develop bacterial inflammation. In future, these patients may be able to use a diagnostic chewing gum to detect early signs of inflammation.
– The diagnostic chewing gum detects bacterial inflammation, releasing a bitter taste and prompting patients to visit their dentist for treatment
– It is important to detect post-implant inflammation as early as possible to avoid serious complications
– If successful, this diagnostic method could be applied to other conditions
“It will take two to three years until the gum is commercially available.”
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