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Researchers Unveil Protein that Could Increase Implant Success

Georgia Health Sciences University researchers have come up with a bone-creating protein that could be revolutionary for implants. The protein could increase the rate of success for implants because it would make thin bones stronger.

Dental implants can’t function properly if the bone the implants are attached to is too thin.

The problem for dentists and implant specialists is that bone thinning is generally associated with tooth loss. Bone grafts are then needed in order for implants to be placed successfully into one’s mouth. But the problem is that more surgery is then needed.

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Zinc May be Hazardous to Dental Patients

A study done by Amar Patel, DDS, and his colleagues at the University of Maryland Dental school claim that zinc, which is an ingredient in many dental products, may be hazardous. The study appears in the March/April issue of the journal of General Dentistry.

Zinc is good for the body when the body is exposed to it in small doses, however, too much is potentially toxic. Some patients could have neurological problems from zinc exposure, and others could experience nausea, a stomachache or mouth irritation.

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Dentists Start to Get Piece of Botox Pie

They say regular brushing, flossing and professional tooth cleaning can take years off your true age. So can BOTOX.

Now, the two go hand-in-hand at some dental offices in Minnesota, where at least a few general dentists are tapping into the two fastest-growing cosmetic treatments of the past decade by offering BOTOX and dermal filler treatments.

“As a dentist, I’m very well-trained in the musculature and anatomy of the face and I feel no other doctor can give an injection better than a qualified and experienced dentist,” said Dr. Michael Skadron, who began offering BOTOX and Juvederm treatments in January at his West River Dental Care in south Minneapolis. “It’s a marvelous fit.”

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Computerized Tomography Scanning Offers New Uses in Oral Surgery Recovery

Computerized tomography (CT) has proved a useful tool in reconstructive dental implant surgery in which a bone graft is required. It provides reliable information in diagnosis and treatment planning and has been used to determine the volume of bone for grafts. Now dentistry is finding postsurgical uses for CT as well.

An article in the current issue of the Journal of Oral Implantology relates two case studies in which CT played an essential role. Both cases used CT scanning before and up to one year after the patients’ oral surgery. With this technology, oral surgeons were able to gauge the healing process following surgery that reconstructs the jaw and prepares it for future implants.

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Physicians Take Aim at Curbing Tooth Decay in Preschoolers

A new study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that a preventive program administered to children under age 4 can limit the need for treatment involving tooth decay.

The program, called “Into the Mouths of Babes,” trains doctors and nurses not in the dental profession, while giving them the ability check for dental caries and other issues. The program was created in 2000 by North Carolina Medicaid as a way of being proactive in curbing childhood tooth decay rates.

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