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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

Dental implants ‘could be grown’


Stem cells could hold the answer to dental implant improvementsDental implants could soon be grown in the mouth using stem cells, according to a researcher from an American university.

The process, designed by the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at Columbia University Medical Centre, would allow patients to regrow a tooth in as little as nine weeks.

Using stem cells, the technique creates a three-dimensional scaffolding system in the tooth socket.

The scientist behind the new technology, Dr Jeremy Mao, said it could be a cheaper alternative to dental implants and more reliable and long-lasting as the regenerated teeth would completely integrate with the surrounding tissue.

Stem cells are able to grow into many types of human tissue and are often capable of renewing themselves indefinitely, according to the US National Institutes for Health.

His study, published in the Journal of Dental Research, outlined a course of action that is quicker than traditional tooth implants, which can take up to 18 months to heal completely.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19902780-ADNFCR

Fresh fruit ‘can be harmful to teeth’


Eating peaches could lead to chipped teeth, says expertBiting fruit too deeply can damage teeth, a dental implant expert has warned.

Dr Timothy Kosinski has fitted nearly 6,000 tooth implants and said he has often treated people who have chipped their teeth on fruit containing stones.

Peaches, cherries, plums and apricots are particularly dangerous, he added, as they have hard centres that can also dislodge fillings or crowns if someone bites too hard, leaving patients needing emergency dentistry.

The Food Standards Agency suggests people have several portions of fruit or vegetables with each meal and recommends such produce as a healthy snack.

“I love fresh fruit too and enjoy a juicy peach as much as anyone but we should be careful when biting into pitted fruit,” advised Dr Kosinski, who is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

He also reminded people to floss after eating peaches, as the fruit’s skin can stick to teeth.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19902686-ADNFCR

Diabetes ‘doubles’ risk of losing teeth


Men with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of losing teeth compared to those who do not have the disease, according to a new study.Dental implants may be more common in men with diabetes, as new research has shown they are twice as likely to lose their teeth than those without the disease.

A study presented at an International Association of Dental Research conference last week found that type 2 diabetes increased the risk of tooth loss, as did poor diet and smoking.

Over 2.5 million people across Britain are diabetic, according to the charity Diabetes UK.

Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation Nigel Carter suggested he was shocked by the results.

“Although we have known for many years that diabetics are more likely to suffer from gum disease, the extent of the increase in such a large study is surprising,” he said, adding that good dental health was important for the entire body.

The survey, carried out at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, followed 38,000 men over 20 years.

None of them had any gum disease at the start of the trial, but over the time period around 11,000 teeth were lost, more often by type 2 diabetics.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19900354-ADNFCR

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