Fluoride assists bone regeneration

Japanese study found that treating synthetic bio-material with a fluoride solution stimulates dental bone regeneration

A Japanese study has found that treating synthetic bio-material with a fluoride solution stimulates dental bone regeneration.

The report, published in the Journal of Oral Implantology, described how bio-resorbable synthetic hydroxyapatite granules were used as a bone supplement material. When these granules were exposed to a 4 per cent sodium fluoride solution, cell proliferation was increased.

Fluoride concentrations of up to two parts per million showed a positive effect.

The authors conclude that the fluoride solution stimulates bone regeneration. The slow release of fluoride from hydroxyapatite granules facilitates osteogenesis.