Bioabsorbable technology continues to grow with the refinement of bioabsorbable polymers for medical devices. At its base, bioabsorbable material was created to address potential problems with synthetic implants of all kinds, including but not limited to growth disturbance, migration of the implant, rigidity, and infection, since the body generally resorbs the material over time.
Bioabsorbable material is commonly used in the medical field where implants are necessary, including bioabsorbable stents for cardiac procedures and bioabsorbable screws for dental implants. Bioabsorbable screws material for dental implants is often referred to as resorbable alloplast, and like a bioabsorbable stent, it is designed to facilitate regeneration of natural tissues.
While some surgeons prefer to continue to use titanium implant material, the use of bioabsorbable material is growing in the field of periodontics. Surgeons and patients may see a reduction in post-operative complications when bioabsorbable screws are used during the dental implant process.