A new type of dental implant
could soon replace dentures, providing patients with new teeth in a matter of hours.
People with missing teeth currently have to have conventional dental implants, where a porcelain replacement tooth is screwed into the jaw, or dentures, which fit over the gum and are removed at night.
However, not all patients have sufficient jaw bone material to allow them to have conventional implants, and dentures can be uncomfortable and cause rubbing.
The latest technology comprises of a 50mm implant which can be screwed into the cheek bone with a 95 per cent success rate.
Andrew Dawood, a London-based expert in dental implants, told the Daily Mail: "Implants are the gold standard for the replacement of missing teeth. They help retain bone and the structure of the face."
The new implants will be available in a matter of months under private treatment