Dental implants are artificial implants which are surgically- placed to counter tooth loss and are widely used in prosthetic dentistry. Six to fifteen percent of patients develop an inflammatory response in the years after receiving a dental implant. The inflammation is caused by bacteria and destroys the soft tissue and the bone around the implant in the worst case. Using a chewing gum based diagnostic test developed by a pharmaceutical research team at the Julius-Maximilians-UniversitĂ¤t (JMU) WĂĽrzburg in Bavaria, Germany patients will benefit from a quick and affordable method assessing whether they carry such bacteria.
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