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Study supports use of dental implants to replace missing teeth

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The use of dental implants to replace missing teeth has a negligible effect on the bone and gum tissue in the surrounding area of the mouth, new research has revealed.

According to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology, the majority of bone change occurs in the time between the placement of the implant and the final prosthesis; however little mean bone change occurs once the procedure has been completed.

Scientists from the University of Texas Health Science Center in the US studied 596 dental implants in 192 adult patients to learn that a minimal amount of change to surrounding bones and gums occured in five years following a procedure.

This discovery could ensure that practitioners no longer need to focus on the maintenance of patient bone and gum tissue surrounding the implant and can instead look at "periodic assessment and treatment of other areas in the mouth as needed", lead researcher Dr David Cochran suggested.

He said: "The results of this study help further indicate that a dental implant is an effective and dependable tooth replacement option."

Last month, a new cosmetic dentistry clinic was established in Glasgow that practitioner Dr Attiq Rahman suggested would help to ensure that veneers and crowns are created with more patient involvement.

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Dentistry news update: 13/05/2009