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More Britons opt for dental implants


Tough economic times have not put people off dental implants. An increasing number of British people are opting for dental implants in a bid to keep their teeth looking great.

New figures have shown that the number of implants fitted in patients since 2008 has more than tripled, surprising dentists who expected to see a decline during the recession.

It was suggested that Britons may be opting to pay slightly more in the short term and have the benefit of long-lasting treatment rather than go for a quick fix that may not remain in place for as long.

Dr Bruno Silva, a dental surgeon and implant specialist in Brighton who released the figures, said: “We have noticed a big increase in patients having implants.”

Dental implants are typically guaranteed for 15 to 20 years, whereas crowns and dentures will often require further corrective work.

Earlier this month, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry also noted an increase in the number of dental implants being put in for patients in the US.

Dental implants ‘becoming more and more popular’


Dental implants 'becoming more and more popular'Having dental implants put in is becoming an increasingly popular procedure, it has been said.

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), in 2008, the number of dental implant procedures being performed in the US amounted to $150 million (£94 million), while in 1988 this figure was $10 million.

Findings from the AAID also revealed that more than three million people in the US have already had the procedure and every year 500,000 more go through with the oral hygiene treatment.

Speaking to Business Insight, Dr Hermogenes Villareal, an oral surgeon and implantogloist, said: “Our teeth are more important that we think they are.”

He added: “With dental implants, you can achieve a whole set of teeth [that] can function as optimally as they should.”

Dr Caseldine from Arizona also praised the benefits of dental implants, telling that they can help restore “smiles and confidence” among patients.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800109150-ADNFCR

Dental implants ‘are a significant advance in cosmetic dentistry’


Dental implants have been lauded by a dentist.Anyone who has been unsure about getting dental implants may be interested in the opinions of a dentist from the US, who said he thinks they are fantastic.

Dr Caseldine from Arizona told that implants are one of the most significant advances in cosmetic dentistry over the last 25 years, such is their impact upon patients.

“Thousands of grateful patients bear witness to the benefits derived from the opportunity to obtain denture stabilisation and replacement for lost teeth that restores their smiles and confidence,” he commented.

Dr Caseldine said he uses them mostly to support crowns and fix bridges and can achieve excellent results with a minimum of invasion.

Last month, an article in the Costa Rica News stated dental implants can make patients look younger because they can help redefine the jawline and prevent bone loss.

The piece said they are much better than traditional yet old-fashioned false teeth.

Research uncovers potential new generation of dental implants


Researchers have been looking at rats and mice to better the technology of dental implants.Dentists may soon be giving patients a new generation of dental implants after research suggested stem cells could be used to reattach teeth.

Scientists at the University of Illinois in Chicago have published research which details how the cells were used to anchor the teeth of rats and mice back into their jawbones.

After only four months, the stem cells had aligned and formed new attachments which firmly reattached the lost teeth.

In the control group that did not use stem cells, the molars fell back out again or were only loosely attached.

It is hoped that the findings could be used in the future as an alternative to traditional dental implants.

However, as this may still be some way from the present day, anyone in need of cosmetic dentistry should be reassured that dental implants used now are very reliable and are sure to make a big difference to people who have missing teeth.

Dental implants ‘are worth the expense in the long run’


Dental implants may be a better option than dentures.  Although dental implants may cost a little more than traditional dentures, patients should consider getting them if they feel they need them.

According to an article in the Costa Rica News, dental implants can help to maintain the integrity of the jaw bone, because they mimic the stimulation that would normally be caused by chewing.

Furthermore, they can help patients to look younger because they prevent the bone loss that makes facial features look slack.

The article also pointed out that dental implants are better than dentures as they do not impair speech and will not fall out, plus they typically last 20 years or longer.

“While the investment may be slightly higher than that of traditional dental care, dental implants are well worth it in the long run,” it concluded.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that scientists are studying the jaw of the lizard-like tuatara in order to better understand the human biology of the mouth and jaw.

Cosmetic dental procedures ‘can give people flawless teeth’


Cosmetic dental procedures 'can give people flawless teeth'Men and women who want to have flawless teeth could opt for having cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth implants, it has been suggested.

A report in the Helsinki Times gave readers advice on creating the perfect smile and informed them of the different dental operations they can have, including dental implants and teeth whitening.

It said: “Cosmetic dentistry means procedures to correct flaws that affect dental appearance.”

The writer stated that the popularity of dental procedures “has probably grown somewhat” in Finland.

A recent study was conducted to help scientists understand how people respond to their dental implants, by making a 3D model of a reptile called a tuaara.

Researchers from the University of Hull, University College London and the Hull York Medical School stated that they were able to see how the reptile from New Zealand – which has teeth fused to its jaw bone – is able to chew without damaging its teeth.  ADNFCR-2621-ID-800062155-ADNFCR

Reptile helps scientists understand how people adapt to dental implants


Scientists are using a lizard-like animal to show off how dental implants work.Scientists have been using an unlikely subject in research to see how people can adapt to dental implants – a reptile called a tuatara.

Found in New Zealand, these lizard-like creatures have teeth that are fused to their jaw bone, something dentists putting in dental implants try to mimic in people.

Researchers from the University of Hull, University College London and the Hull York Medical School made a 3D model of the tuatara’s jaw to see how its brain regulates chewing to avoid damaging its teeth, something which people with dental implants must also be doing.

Professor Douglas Kell, chief executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, said: “This research indicates a level of redundancy in our biology that opens opportunities to support long-term health and wellbeing.”

Dr Marc Jones from University College London added that they wanted to find out how the brain still knows what is going on in the mouth, even when the periodontal ligament that should attach the tooth to the jaw is gone.

Last month, Dr Tim Miller, who runs a practice in San Rafael in the US, said people may recover more quickly from dental implants if they keep an ice pack on their face straight afterwards.


Recover more quickly from dental implants with dentist’s top tips


A dentist has said it is easy to recover from dental implants. A dentist has offered some top tips on how best to recover after undergoing dental implants.

Dr Tim Miller, who runs a practice in San Rafael in the US, said this treatment has a very high success rate, but there are some things you can do to make yourself more comfortable afterwards.

He recommended keeping an ice pack on the affected area right after the dental implants, swapping this for a heat pack after 48 hours.

Painkillers may help if there is significant discomfort, while mouth rinses are a must to get rid of bacteria, Dr Miller said.

Resting with the head elevated straight after the procedure may help the patient to get a good night’s sleep.

In the long-term, brushing and flossing may be resumed to keep the implants in good condition, the expert concluded.

Last month, Emily Cheeseman from Kent told the Daily Mail dental implants had helped her to get her smile back after years of suffering from a condition called hypodontia.

Dental implants ‘may be needed by tooth grinders’


People who grind their teeth may cause damage that can only be fixed by dental implants. Dental implants could be necessary for persistent tooth grinders, according to one US dentist.

Dr Sultan Sherzoy from New Jersey revealed that bruxism, or tooth grinding, can often be caused by stress or anxiety and is often noticeable the following morning when a patient wakes up with headaches or pain in the shoulder, jaw or neck.

He added that in some situations, the sufferer is not aware of the problem and must be informed by a partner who has heard the noise or diagnosed at a regular dental check up.

“If symptoms are present, the condition will be observed for changes over the next several visits before a treatment programme is established,” Dr Sherzoy explained.

In extreme cases, teeth may be broken or lost.

Dental implants, which are false teeth supported by a titanium metal rod inserted into the jawbone, can solve the problem of missing teeth, while crowns can be put on broken onesADNFCR-2621-ID-800015258-ADNFCR

Dental implants ‘allow woman to smile’


A woman has had dental implants to fill in several gaps caused by a condition called hypodontia.Dental implants have brought joy to a woman whose milk teeth never fell out.

Emily Cheeseman, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, told the Daily Mail that she has hypodontia, meaning she was missing six adult teeth.

Less than one per cent of people in Europe have such a severe form of the condition.

Ms Cheeseman, 28, had a full set of teeth as a child, but some never fell out, leaving her with a mixture of small, delicate baby teeth and larger permanent ones.

She explained that the problem had made her self-conscious and unwilling to smile, as well as making simple tasks such as eating difficult.

Seven years of dental treatment, begun when one of the fragile milk teeth was chipped, left her with a “new lease of life”, according to her dentist Oliver Harman.

Ms Cheeseman used Invisalign braces to neaten her existing teeth, which were also whitened when the dental implants were put in to further improve her new look.

She said that the cosmetic dentistry has given her the confidence to smile at last.

“It’s wonderful to have a full set of teeth at last,” she added.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19906993-ADNFCR

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