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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.

How can I care for my new dental implants?


Brush your teeth to look after dental implantsFlossing, avoiding certain foods and getting routine check ups are just some of the things people can do to look after their dental implants.

This is according to Dr Tim Miller from Caring Dentistry of San Rafael who explained it is up to the individual to care for them once they have been put in.

He said: "The general maintenance of dental implants is fairly simple – just treat them like your original teeth."

Because it may not be possible to brush properly after the cosmetic dentistry procedure, Dr Miller recommended patients use a mouth wash to clean enamel, tongue and gums.

Once healed, it is important to use toothpaste, floss as normal and brush twice a day.

People should also avoid hard, sticky foods and stay clear of grinding their gnashers, as this can damage them to the point where they need replacing.

Finally, Dr Miller advised patients to go for regular checkups with their oral health professional.

Another reason to make sure teeth are brushed properly every day was recently highlighted on the San Diego News Network.

It said the habit was a good way to burn calories.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19389096-ADNFCR

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