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Published January 27 2012

Dental implants win NDSU innovation prize

FARGO – A new ceramic dental implant proposed by a team of 15 North Dakota State University students took first place and a $5,000 prize at the school’s Innovation Challenge competition held this week, according to an NDSU news release.

The implant, geared toward dental patients who are unable to use traditional titanium implants, is made from a type of inexpensive ceramic with bone-like properties, according to the release.

The new implant has the potential to reduce rejection rates and help patients heal faster and save money, the release said.

The team that developed the implant was made up of students with both engineering and science backgrounds. Team captain Erica Pfarr said in the release the group hopes to use the prize money to continue to research and develop the project.