Dental Implants May Soon Include Stem Cells

Stem cell dental implantsDental implants are already cutting-edge dental technology… but the next generation of replacement teeth may allow doctors to use your stem cells to grow your own replacement tooth.

There’s no titanium tooth implant. With stem cells and growth enhancers, a scaffold can become a tooth in as little as nine weeks.

Most dentists find dental implants rewarding. This new dental implant technology is still is research, and the cost of dental implants won’t be dropping anytime soon. But stem cells just may be the new titanium.

The study, led by Dr. Jeremy Mao of Columbia University Medical Center, was published in the Journal of Dental Research.

Read more at Popular Science: Stem-Cell Dental Implants Grow New Teeth Right In Your Mouth

53% of Dentists Placing Dental Implants (video)

53% of Dentists Placing Dental Implants (video)Dental implants are quickly becoming the dental treatment of choice for dental patients with missing teeth, according to dentists who place dental implants.

Prosthodontists, periodontists and oral surgeons do all the dental implants, but so do general dentists.

Specialists claim that they are more qualified to place implants, but a lot of general dentists also place implants.

Due to the exponential growth in the placement of dental implants in recent years, The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists if they place their own dental implants.

Responded one dentist, “I place implants myself, but only in ideal situations.”

Another general dentist said, “After referring my dental patients to specialists and getting back poor work I thought: How much worse can I do? Now I offer implants.”

To hear more of what dentists had to say about dentists placing dental implants, Click on Play to watch the following video:

What are your thoughts on dentists placing dental implants?

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Science Friday: Better Healing After Dental Implants

Science Friday: Better Healing After Dental ImplantsRestoring the front teeth of dental patients after a traumatic injury poses a particular challenge— both biologically, functionally, and aesthetically.

Even when all the procedures of successful dental implants are followed, healing of tissues can still be unpredictable.

One approach to improving the outcome of this type of implant is the use of blood platelet concentrates.

The current issue of the Journal of Oral Implantology reports the case study of a dental patient who had fractured an incisor during a sport-related accident. An all-inclusive dental procedure was performed to both extract the broken tooth and insert a dental implant. Additionally, a biomaterial of leukocyte and platelet-rich fibrin was used as part of the treatment, as reported by Newswire.

Restoring a fractured maxillary anterior tooth—one located in the upper front of the mouth—through dental implant surgery requires a number of steps.

The fractured root must be extracted, residual bone preserved, the implant correctly positioned, and the soft tissue properly contoured around the implant.

However, the dental implant still requires successful healing to complete the process.

Leukocyte and platelet-rich fibrin stimulates the healing process. Strong fibrin membranes enriched with cells and platelet growth factors make a biomaterial that is simple and inexpensive to use. Taking only 15 minutes to prepare, the biomaterial is a practical and effective application to use in implant dentistry.

Its antihemorrhage properties are well-suited for this surgery.

In the case study, the use of this fibrin meant that no incisions or sutures were needed, which allowed optimal healing conditions. Positive healing characteristics were noticed two days after the surgery; at 7 days the gingival aesthetic profile was well-defined.

At 6 months, a satisfactory final result of the surgery was evident.

2 years later, the restoration has proved to be stable and aesthetic — resulting in a much better healing process for the dental patient after dental implant surgery.

To view the full report see: The Use of Leukocyte and Platelet-Rich Fibrin During Immediate Postextractive Implantation and Loading for the Esthetic Replacement of a Fractured Maxillary Central Incisor

Dental Implant Drama: Nobel Biocare Lawsuit

Dental implants from Nobel Biocare are the target of a new lawsuit. A California dentist is seeking a class action lawsuit against the Swiss manufacturer.

The dentist claims that the NobelDirect dental implant has serious design defects that lead to complications such as bone loss, an allegation Nobel Biocare denies.

Dr. Jason Yamada seeks compensation not just for himself but for the thousands of US dentists who have placed NobelDirect dental implants. The suit claims these dentists have had to perform or pay for additional surgeries on patients who suffered complications from the allegedly faulty implant.

The suit further alleges that Nobel Biocare has known about the defects for a number of years. In 2005-06, the Swedish Medical Products Agency investigated claims of bone loss with the NobelDirect implant. Nobel was allowed to continue selling the tooth implant, but was instructed to alter its instructions and marketing.

Nobel says that, as a result of the Swedish investigation, the product has been extremely well-documented. Spokesman Nicolas Weidmann told Reuters, “We have very, very comprehensive material and data, including the clearance from the SMPA in Sweden, that the product is absolutely safe.”

Not surprisingly, Nobel Biocare plans to fight the suit.

Read more: Dentist seeks US class action suit vs. Nobel Biocare

Dental Implants Simplified: 1st-DentalImplants.com Matches Consumers to Implant Dentists

Dental Implant Find a Dentist Website

Consumer portal website 1st-DentalImplants.com provides local listings of dentists who offer implant dentistry, as well as a variety of other dental implant resources.

1st-dentalimplants.com Consumer Information PortalThe Internet Dental Alliance announces the re-launch of its consumer information website 1st-DentalImplants.com. The website offers patients a variety of implant dentistry resources. Patients can find a properly trained implant dentist, learn more about dental implants, ask questions of an expert dentist, and more.

The find-a-dentist website also offers up fascinating facts. For example, teeth implants that are over 1,000 years old have been found from the Mayan civilization. Tooth-shaped pieces of shell were found placed into the sockets of missing incisors and had actually been incorporated into the bone structure.

Learn more about the dental implant portal website

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