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New gel invention could encourage bone growth


A so-called gel ‘filling’ made from calcium could help bone to grow back after a tooth has been removed, stopping the jaw bone from shrinking or weakening as a result of tooth removal. Bone loss can cause problems with biting and chewing, and may make it harder to place dental implants in the future.

The gel is designed to be injected into the empty socket and is made from tiny granules of calcium phosphate – which encourages the natural tissue to grow around it; the gel will gradually dissipate over several months and the socket will be made completely of natural bone. The product is currently being tested in Nantes University Hospital in France; patients will either have the gel or no extra treatment after a molar extraction.

Damien Walmsley, professor of restorative dentistry at the University of Birmingham and scientific advisor to the British Dental Association, called the development ‘an interesting idea’ and explained that ‘bone grows slowly, while soft tissue grows rapidly. This approach allows the cavity to be filled with bone rather than soft tissue. It seems like a good approach to preserving the bone.’

Further trials are going on in Switzerland, at the University of Bern, where forty patients will be treated with and without the gel to see how well it works.

Shia LaBeouf talks tooth removal in Jimmy Kimmel interview


Actor Shia LaBeouf has been talking about his latest role in the WW2 film Fury on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the 28-year-old seems to have taken method acting to a new level, after having a healthy tooth removed for the part. The Transformers star now has a prosthetic tooth filling the space on the bottom jaw.

The interview, which aired on Monday, revealed that LaBeouf had the healthy tooth extracted deliberately in order to delve deeper into the role of a soldier fighting in France during the Second World War. Shia told Jimmy Kimmel that he initially had some trouble finding a dentist that would perform the procedure and called it a ‘mission’ because most dentists are not going to extract a healthy tooth at the behest of a patient.

Shia was told several times that the extraction ‘doesn’t make any medical sense at all’ because there was nothing physically wrong with the tooth, but the actor eventually managed to find a dental professional willing to carry out the treatment. He explained ‘I found a guy in Reseda next to a Radio Shack and he didn’t ask too many questions.’

Shia’s new dental condition can be viewed on the big screen when Fury is released in the UK towards the end of October.

Onlookers are stunned by Nicole Kidman’s changing appearance


Australian actress Nicole Kidman has said in the past that she does not want to have any more Botox treatment after her previous experience with the anti-wrinkle injections, but fans and onlookers were surprised by her appearance at the festival premiere of her new film Grace of Monaco at Cannes, in the south of France. Despite her 46 years, the mother-of-four displayed a suspiciously smooth forehead and her cheeks looked swollen as well.

Fans were surprised to see that she had no wrinkles or lines as she smiled for waiting photographers, when only last year she spoke to an Italian newspaper about cosmetic treatment, claiming ‘No surgery for me. I did try Botox, unfortunately, but I got out of it and now I can finally move my face again. I am completely natural.’

Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi, plastic and laser surgeon, spoke to mailonline about Miss Kidman’s appearance, saying that the actress has ‘not one wrinkle’ on her forehead even when she is smiling broadly. He added ‘the last third of Nicole’s eyebrow appears nicely lifted, which is a classic sign of using Botox in the corners of the eyes where crow’s feet would otherwise appear.’

Kim Kardashian undergoes cosmetic treatment ahead of wedding


Reality regular Kim Kardashian has been getting ready for her upcoming nuptials in true Kardashian style, by undergoing cosmetic treatment – Botox and filler injections to her face and a fat-melting treatment on her lower body to get rid of cellulite. The mother-of-one is preparing to marry her fiancé, rapper Kanye West, in a spring wedding this May, taking place in France.

Kim previously said she would not have facial injections again after suffering severe bruising at previous treatments; the side-effects were documented on the reality TV show she shares with her family and Kim’s mind appeared to be made up about Botox treatment. However, she seems to overcome her fears and she’s taking the plunge again in a bid for perfection on the big day.

An insider confirmed that Kim was undergoing cosmetic work, telling In Touch Weekly ‘She’s already gotten more Botox and fillers in preparation for the wedding.’ The source added that ‘She’s obsessed with her face and loves looking like she’s permanently airbrushed.’

As well as facial injections, the Keeping Up With The Karhashians star has opted for some more invasive treatment to treat cellulite on her thighs and buttocks; the insider revealed ‘she’s been getting OptiLipo so her butt and thighs look their best.’

Should Oscar winner get dental treatment?


Most Hollywood actors are only too happy to take advantage of the star treatment when they finally hit the big time, getting everything from porcelain veneers to facelifts, but recent Oscar winner Jean Dujardin is flying the flag for the natural look and there are those among the Hollywood elite that think he should invest in a set of flawless veneers.

Stylist to the stars, Phillip Bloch, spoke to the Huffington Post and commented that Dujardin had ‘fallen a couple hundred thousand dollars short’ of the glamorous ‘million-dollar’ Hollywood smile, he even went as far as comparing the actors teeth to those of trouble starlet Lindsay Lohan, before she had them cleaned up.

Dentist to the rich and famous Debra Glassman was in agreement, saying that she would ‘definitely recommend in-office whitening, Invisalign to align his teeth, then porcelain veneers.’

But even without perfect pearly whites, the French actor doesn’t seem to be struggling to make a name for himself; he scooped the best actor Oscar for his role in silent film The Artist and was mobbed by press and fans as he landed in Paris following the triumph. The 39-year-old revealed that he enjoyed making the film in America, but said that he would prefer to make ‘talkies’ in his native France, ‘I’m not an American actor.’ He said, ‘I’m a French actor. I’ll continue in France. If I could make another silent movie in America, I’d like to!’

LA doctor attacks French First Lady for overuse of Botox


When appropriately used, dermal fillers and Botox can turn back the clock and get rid of unsightly wrinkles, but clearly skin expert Dr Ben Behnam is in no mood to sing its praises, after he recently launched a scathing attack on France’s First Lady Carla Bruni for her over-indulgence in the treatment.

‘She has had way too much done’ Dr Behnam told The Daily Mail, ‘That’s why she has the surprised look on her face and she looks like a chipmunk.’ But the LA dermatologist didn’t stop there, he went on to say that the 44-year-old appeared to have had a lateral brow lift and dermal fillers injected into her cheeks to reduce wrinkles. ‘The tiny shadows you can just see beneath her nose were probably caused by injectable fillers to get rid of nose-to-mouth lines.’ He said.

The former supermodel is famed for her good looks and flawless skin, but according to Dr Behnam she is in danger of falling into the trap of looking like every other Botox-ed celebrity. ‘A lot of celebrities these days look the same’, he said, before giving Carla and her famous friends some advice on how to maintain a smooth complexion, without overdoing it. ‘What they should do is just do a little bit so it just makes them look like a younger version of themselves, rather than a 50-year-old trying to look 25.’


Has Catherine Zeta-Jones had Botox?


Has Catherine Zeta-Jones had Botox?Image-conscious individuals considering receiving Botox treatment could be interested in the latest news concerning Catherine Zeta-Jones.

According to the Daily Mail, the Welsh beauty was spotted looking particularly wrinkle-free while on holiday in the South of France recently.

The 41-year-old looked effortlessly stunning in a fitted one-shoulder black dress as she walked through a crowd of waiting photographers.

Although the Academy Award winner has not confirmed the Botox rumours, her youthful appearance has sparked rumours she may have received the anti-wrinkle injection.

She is currently enjoying a month-long break with husband Michael Douglas following a difficult period where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Douglas, who is also an Oscar winner, was recently given the all-clear following his battle with throat cancer.

He is set to star in upcoming film Haywire, which also features performances from heartthrob Channing Tatum and Ewan McGregor.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800628762-ADNFCR

Hospital stays ‘can have negative impact on oral health’


Hospital stays 'can have negative impact on oral health'Emergency dentistry patients could be interested to hear that the oral health of hospital patients has been overlooked by medical professionals, a new study has suggested.

Data collected from the UK, US, France and the Netherlands has revealed that unwell individuals are often at increased risk of developing plaque and inflammation as a result of staff shortcomings, the British Dental Health Foundation has revealed.

Based on five studies conducted between 1998 and 2009, the research discovered that patients with breathing problems are under threat of deteriorating oral health.

A decline in overall wellbeing and quality of life was also linked to the negative effect on nutritional status caused by long stays in hospital.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the BDHF, said: "The help of close family and friends during hospital stays can make a difference to this aspect of their care and wellbeing and more should be done to encourage their involvement."

This news comes after the BDHF called for increased research into the benefits of using an artificial nose to detect the early signs of oral cancer.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800603831-ADNFCR

Hospital stays ‘could increase need for emergency dentistry’


Need for emergency dentistry 'could be increased by hospital stay'Emergency dentistry could be required for people who have spent time in hospital, new research has revealed.

According to the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), many hospitals are overlooking the wellbeing of the mouth and teeth, leading to potentially serious consequences for patients.

The study, which is due to be published in next month's Journal of Clinical Periodontology, examined hospital stays in the UK, US, France and the Netherlands between 1998 and 2009.

Plaque accumulation was one of the potential emergency dentistry issues that were found to increase during time in a medical facility.

Build-up of plaque can result in inflammation of the gums, which is not normally serious but can cause teeth to fall out in severe circumstances.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the BDHF, said: "It may be inevitable that oral care is seen as a low priority, but it is clear that more needs to be done to ensure that some of the risks are minimised."ADNFCR-2621-ID-800598063-ADNFCR

Seeking advice from a professional will help dental implants fit better


Dental implants should be properly fitted for each patient.    Seeking advice from a professional healthcare provider could ensure that dental implants fit securely and last a lifetime.

This is the suggestion of a Newswise article, which cites research published in the Journal of Oral Implantology.

Dentists have been studying the crown to root ratio – how much of the tooth extends above the jawbone – in order to work out what proportion should be left showing in order to achieve maximum longevity.

The report states that a ratio of two to one may be best for dental implants, which is less than that required for dentures.

"Stable implants could be produced with less of the tooth serving as root," Newswise explained.

People considering dental implants may wish to seek a professional's advice to ensure they get the best treatment for their individual requirements.

Anagram Solutions in France recently said that more people in the UK should have implants, as they could help up to half a million people a year eat, talk and smile normally.

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