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Stem cell research could benefit dental implant procedures

Fri

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Stem cell research could benefit dental implant proceduresNew studies show stem cell research could benefit dental implant procedures. The research looked at the benefits of using stem cells that derive from periodontal ligament. These ligaments are connective tissues in the gum. Their function is to connect the tooth to the bone. They help to ensure the teeth remain in place firmly and safely.

During the research, the periodontal ligaments were used to create a cell sheet that was then attached to a titanium dental implant screw. The then implanted screw, combined with the cells, showed a promotion of the growth of the surrounding tissues. Therefore, the feasibility and success of the implant could be improved. This may also work to complement bone grafting procedures in the future. Better still it could, potentially, eradicate the need for the process altogether.

Professor John Fisher (Ph.D.) of the University of Maryland expressed his excitement at the research findings. “This truly innovative work combines traditional dental implants with stem cell sheet technology, thus creating a particularly relevant solution to a widespread problem in dental health care.”

 

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Possible breakthrough in enamel regeneration

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Possible breakthrough in enamel regenerationA possible breakthrough in enamel regeneration has been reported in the Shropshire Star. Enamel damage is responsible for around fifty percent of tooth loss cases worldwide. However, the study featured in the science journal Nature Communications shows promising results.

Due to the fact that enamel is unable to re-grow, it has always been of vital importance to preserve it as much as possible. However, for some people, they may still find themselves with weakened enamel. These new results could be a step towards regenerating lost or damaged enamel and restoring teeth back to health. Not only can this material restore enamel but it can also help to prevent tooth decay and sensitivity.

The researchers involved say that they have discovered a protein that can trigger a similar process to how enamel is initially developed as the body grows. This process is said to be able to fully re-grow hard tissues like enamel or bone. Such a breakthrough could not only be beneficial to dental practises, but also for medical procedures. The lead author of the paper, Professor Alvaro Mata, has referred to the finding as a ‘key discovery’.

 

Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book in for a dental checkup by calling 020 8003 4449 or emailing us or booking an appointment online.

 

Mouth guards could help protect London cyclists

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Mouth guards could help protect London cyclistsA doctor has spoken out following a traumatic accident on his bike. Dr Geraint Lee advises that mouth guards could help protect London cyclists from suffering extensive damage to their teeth and mouth due to potholes and heavy traffic. Although his accident did not happen on London streets he still sees this as a major concern. He believes that wearing a mouth guard could be key to avoiding extensive dental trauma following an accident.

 

Dr Lee spoke to The Evening Standard. “After my accident, I felt really vulnerable. Your teeth are really important, and it is so easy to fall off your bike.” Luckily for Dr Lee, medics and dental professionals were able to successfully save his teeth, however, he now wears a specially fitted mouth guard while cycling the streets of London from his home in West Norwood. Ms. Djemal, chair of the charity Dental Trauma UK, also spoke to The Evening Standard on the topic. “I would urge cyclists — and anyone involved in contact sports — to get a mouthguard professionally fitted by their dentist.”

 

Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book in for a mouth guard assessment and fitting by calling 020 3613 3189 or emailing us or booking an appointment online.

 

Revolutionary Vivera treatment that will hit the UK this autumn

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Revolutionary Vivera treatment that will hit the UK this autumnVivera Retainers, created by the world-renowned Invisalign, have developed a new product that will help with the treatment of more complex bite issues. Never before will Invisalign and Vivera have been able to treat and maintain more complex orthodontic issues than this. The bite ramps will be added to create a revolutionary Vivera treatment that will hit the UK this autumn.

The new bite ramps will make Vivera the first retainer to provide this additional benefit. This will be extremely useful in treating patients with deep bite malocclusions. Something that retainers have never been able to tackle previously. The treatment has already successfully launched in North America and Asia. Therefore, the UK and Europe can expect to follow suit shortly.

One North American practitioner already using the technology discussed the benefits with Zenopa.com. “Now that I can select Precision Bite Ramps on both Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera retainers, I can provide both a great outcome for my patients with deep bite, and an effective way to maintain their beautiful smile for years to come.”

 

Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book in for a FREE Invisalign consultation by calling 020 3613 3188 or emailing us or booking an appointment online.

 

Patients prefer a human dentist over robots for complex treatments

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Patients prefer a human dentist over robots for complex treatmentsA survey has revealed that patients prefer a human dentist over robots for complex treatments. Even though robot dentistry would take away the human error side of things people have said they would still prefer the face to face contact with a human being. As well as their experience and skill.

The survey was performed online. During the survey 502 people of mixed genders took part. A significant amount of the people surveyed said they would not feel comfortable undergoing complex treatments from a robot. These included root canal treatments and gum surgery. However, they may be more willing to undergo procedures such as teeth whitening or cleaning from a robot.

Stephen Rice, associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was involved in the study. He concluded, “consumers help drive what is acceptable with automation, and healthcare is no exception.” Therefore, patients can rest easy that their favourite family dentist is not going anywhere. Right now dental robots are unlikely to be in production for complex treatments any time soon.

 

Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book in for a general dental appointment at the clinic by calling 020 8003 4447 or emailing us or by booking an appointment online.

 

Invisalign is named one of the hottest products of the year

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Invisalign is named one of the hottest products of the yearInvisalign is named one of the hottest products of the year according to CNN Money. Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign, have had a record year, with profits soaring. In fact, the company’s value has almost tripled. Making it the top performer in the Standard and Poor’s 500 stock index and propelling its worth to a near twenty billion dollars.

Even though Invisalign is the number one choice for adult orthodontics, sales have also been boosted by teens wanting more discreet teeth straightening. The company saw around seventy thousand Invisalign Teen sales in its last quarter alone. Meaning a forty-three percent rise on last years stats.

Invisalign’s CEO, Joe Hogan spoke to CNN Money about the vision and benefits of the device. “You can pull them out to eat the food that you want or play a sport or play a musical instrument. You can live the life that you want to live.” Hogan also attributes their growing success to the amount of investment the company has made. This has allowed them to treat more complex cases that were not possible before. 

 

Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book a FREE INVISALIGN CONSULTATION by calling 0203 750 5303 or emailing us or booking an appointment online.

Big support for Mouth Cancer Action Month

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Big support for Mouth Cancer Action MonthA Luton dentist is among many professionals offering big support for Mouth Cancer Action Month. Dentists across the country are providing dental check-ups and information on mouth cancer awareness to help patients identify the signs. Mouth cancer can present itself in the form of tumours that develop in the lip, gums, or salivary glands, as well as on the tongue, or the floor of the mouth.

Mouth cancer has increased at an alarming rate and dentists all around the country are urging patients to be vigilant. Luckily, growing public awareness of mouth cancer is helping people to spot the signs sooner and know what to look for. However, there is still work to be done. Early detection can often mean better survival rates. This sentiment was echoed by the MyDentist clinical director, Nyree Whitley. “It’s not all bad news, by making sure patients have regular check-ups we can diagnose more mouth cancers at an early stage. Early treatment drastically increases the chances of beating the disease, as this prevents the cancer from developing.”

 

Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book an appointment by calling 0203 750 5303 or emailing us or also by booking an appointment online.

New 3D printed braces could cut down the time needed for orthodontic work

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New 3D printed braces could cut down the time needed for orthodontic workNew 3D printed braces could cut down the time needed for orthodontic work, the Daily Mail has reported. The new product is said to have lights and a battery fitted onto each tooth. Now, this may sound like a strange idea, however, it is thought that light therapy can enhance and speed up bone regeneration. It is this element that could cut the time needed to straighten teeth.

Light therapy can potentially alter the DNA in the cells and, therefore, help increase the energy supply to the tooth. This action could help speed up the orthodontic process in what is deemed a safe way. The device will be programmed by a trained professional to apply the correct amount of light therapy for each tooth. The LED lights will be powered by a non-toxic lithium battery.

Another great thing about the technology is that the light cannot be seen. This is due to the wavelength that the light operates on. Many people could benefit from this new technology and also be saved some of the discomfort that traditional braces produce. Watch this space!

Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book an appointment by calling 0203 750 5303 or emailing us or also by booking an appointment online.

Kate Middleton’s glow could be due to Botox

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Kate Middleton's glow could be due to BotoxPlastic surgery experts have claimed that Kate Middleton’s glow could be due to Botox. It is no secret that the princess has flawless skin, however, experts are now saying that this could partly be accredited to Botox injections.

Well known plastic surgeons Dr. Vartan Mardirossian and Dr. Andrew Miller both have an opinion on Kate’s fresh-faced look. Dr. Vartan Mardirossian noticed that there is a slight difference in Kate’s appearance, particularly in the eyebrow area. He noted that recently her right eyebrow lays slightly lower. Dr. Mardirossian was quoted in Closer Weekly. “This is something that may happen when Botox is injected to treat frown lines, and as a side effect, it diffuses to the frontalis muscle that lies underneath that causes the eyebrows to temporarily shift slightly downwards.” Dr. Miller was also careful to say that it is hard to tell whether Kate has undergone Botox treatment or not. If she has then the doctor who performed it has done an excellent job making it look natural.

 

Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book a FREE Botox Consultation with Dr. Niall Hutchinson by calling us on 0203 750 5300 or emailing us or by booking an appointment online (24 hours).

 

New test for dental implant suitability

Fri

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New test for dental implant suitability

           New test for dental implant suitability.

A new test for dental implant suitability is currently being trialled. Biomechanical testing of dental implants and tissue will be able to help analyse the potential implant site. This will, therefore, help to determine whether the implant could be successful or not, and why. This screening could massively increase the success of dental implant fixtures by assessing and analysing the connection between the body and biomaterials. What is more, the testing will help manufacturers develop more innovative and appropriate designs and products while keeping costs down.

A newly derived test will also mimic the environment that the implant would be fitted into. This includes changes in acidity levels, temperature, bacterial presence, and vibrations and movement that simulate chewing. This type of test will see how well the fixture responds to these added pressures and what the hot spot areas are.

Michael Gasik, one of the review authors and researchers at Aalto University Foundation in Finland also added. “This drastically reduces the time and effort required for clinical tests.” Watch this space!

 

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