MED: Using electromagnetics to accelerate bone formation and osseointegration?

med1This is the first of several posts, where we will open a topic a discussion based on an interesting new product we found at the recent International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne. In this post, we invite your comments on a new device called MED (Miniaturized Electromagnetic Device) from magdent.

Developed by a periodontist, Magdent™s MED utilizes the well-known and clinically accepted treatment method of electromagnetics fields to stimulate bone formation, improve bone density & suppress peri-implantitis and peri implant mucositis. Magdent™s MED ” incorporates a battery, an electronic device and a coil that fits most implant models in much the same way as today™s simple healing cap. The unique design eliminates the external devices currently used during implant surgery.

In terms of research, there is a histological and microcomputed tomography study in a rabbits that has been accepted for publication by Clinical Oral Implants Research. More information about this this study and additional research is available here.

Below you can also watch a video introduction about the product.

What are your thoughts on the MED and the possibility of using an electromagentic field to stimulate bone formation and suppress peri-implantitis?

6 Comments on MED: Using electromagnetics to accelerate bone formation and osseointegration?

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I have no experience with the usage of electromagnetic currents to promote bone growth, but absolutely LOVE the idea and welcome this with open arms. I hope if it does come to fruition incorporated into a healing cap that it fits what systems I am using!
Daniel P. Camm
Very interesting. What is the research that has been done so far? Also, what is the cost of the abutment? Is it reusable by sterilizing it?
This is great idea if it works. The Russian discovery has been used for years by orthopedic surgeons to speed the healing of fractures of some bones such as the lunate that have a propensity to not heal. The element is incorporated in the extremity cast and an alternating current is supplied by an external battery pack 24/7. This is assuming the physics of both dental and the orthopedic devices are the same.
Nick Albanese DMD
What is the science ( biomolecular activity ) behind the apparent observable results ? One small study isn't really enough.......give me more please ( in-vitro studies and in-vivo clinical trials will do ) Sincerely, Dok
Moshe Neuman DMD MS
Yes, the electromagnetic cap is activated for 24/7. This study is the first one that uses an abutment that produces the pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF). This is due the ability to miniaturize the device by Magdent's scientists and engineers in order to get the same electromagnetic field around the dental implant as one get by using external device. This system was developed based on positive results observed in other bone healing models, using conceptually similar systems that required an external power source and wiring, making this option inconvenient and inappropriate for dental implants. The effect of bone formation using PEMF is well known in the literature and this study found a similar results. Truly, Moshe Neuman, DMD, MS Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology Funder and CMO, Magdent
Moshe Neuman DMD MS
Here are some of the effects of the pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF): PEMF effects in various clinical situations intended to increase bone regeneration. PEMF mainly influenced vascular growth and vascular formation (Greenough 1992) and neo-vascularization (Fu et al. 2014). Therefore enhanced the quality of re-vascularized tissue (Roland et al. 2000) and caused the expansion of fine arteries in mice muscles (Smith et al. 2004). PEMF treatment induced arteriolar dilation leading to an increase in microvascular blood flow and tissue oxygenation (Bragin et al. 2014)). In dental implants, the PEMF stimulation may be useful to promote bone formation around rough-surfaced dental implants (Matsumoto et al. 2000) and increase the amount of bone formation in order to achieve a shortened osseointegration period for the implants placed immediately after tooth extraction (Shayesteh et al. 2007). During bone healing removable prostheses are used; however, many patients find these temporary prostheses rather uncomfortable, and a shortening of the healing period without jeopardizing the implant success could have a great clinical value

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