Dentistry
New dental implant with built-in reservoir reduces risk of infections

New dental implant with built-in reservoir reduces risk of infections

London: A multidisciplinary team of researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) has developed a dental implant that gradually releases drugs from a built-in reservoir. This helps prevent and fight infections. more

Why some dental implants work and others don’t

Why some dental implants work and others don’t

Toronto: A body of research from McGill led-teams indicates that in order to raise the odds that dental implants will attach properly, there are clear benefits to taking certain common medications and avoiding others. more

Bioactive glass fillings to prolong tooth life

Bioactive glass fillings to prolong tooth life

New York: Bioactive glass can be used in tooth fillings to reduce the ability of bacteria to attack composite tooth fillings, and perhaps even provide some of the minerals needed to replace those lost to tooth decay, engineers from Oregon State University said. more

Tooth decay can be reversed without drilling and filling

Tooth decay can be reversed without drilling and filling

Sydney: Preventative oral care can reduce the need for unpleasant dental drilling and filling by 30-50 percent, says a study. more

New non-toxic material for stronger dental fillings

New non-toxic material for stronger dental fillings

London: Graphene oxide could be used to make super strong dental fillings that don’t corrode, a new study says. more

Dental diseases cost the world $442 billion annually

Dental diseases cost the world $442 billion annually

New York: Improvement in oral health alone can offer the world substantial economic benefit as researchers have estimated that the yearly global economic impact of dental diseases amount to $442 billion. more

Local anaesthetic may affect development of children’s teeth

Local anaesthetic may affect development of children’s teeth

London: A study led by Dr Bing Hu at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and involving other researchers from China and Switzerland, suggests that the use of local anaesthetic may affect tooth cell growth and the development of children’s teeth. more

Study describes patient who suffered memory loss after root-canal treatment

Study describes patient who suffered memory loss after root-canal treatment

London: A University of Leicester clinical psychologist, Dr Gerald Burgess, has described the study of an amnesia patient – who suffered memory loss after root-canal treatment at a dentist – in the journal Neurocase. more

Natural substance to prevent dental plaque identified

Natural substance to prevent dental plaque identified

New York (IANS): An amino acid found naturally in meat, poultry, fish and dairy products breaks down dental plaque, which could help millions of people avoid cavities and gum disease, a new research has found. more

Faster dental treatment with new photoactive molecule

Faster dental treatment with new photoactive molecule

Vienna: In modern dentistry, amalgam fillings have become unpopular. Instead, white composite materials are more commonly used, which at first glance can hardly be distinguished from the tooth. The majority of these composites are based on photoactive materials that harden when they are exposed to light. But as the light does not penetrate very deeply into the material, the patients often have to endure a cumbersome procedure in which the fillings are applied and hardened in several steps. more