Not the Kind of Metal Mouth You Usually Think Of

Yet another item for the “It’s Great/No, It’s Not” files: Titanium implants used in bone-anchored dental prostheses may not be as robust as is commonly believed, according to new evidence from scientists. You don’t say! Collaborative research led by Dr. Owen Addison has found evidence to suggest that in environments where there is no significant …

The Cost of Dental Implants

When someone’s trying to sell you something, chances are you’ll hear nothing but positives about it – all of its benefits, none of its drawbacks. After all, negatives might jeopardize the sale. Why risk losing it, right? We all “know” the average salesperson probably won’t tell us the whole story about any product. So, wanting …

Implants, Implants Everywhere!

You probably heard the story (since determined to be a hoax) of the Polish dentist who got revenge on her ex-boyfriend by pulling out all his teeth. According to The Telegraph‘s version of events, the now toothless man says he’s “going to have to pay a fortune on getting indents or something.” Of course, “indents” …

Dental Implants – with Drugs! (Coming Soon to a Dental Office Near You?)

Last month, the British Dental Journal reported on a study suggesting that “Bisphosphonates Improve Implant Stability.” After dental implant surgery, a dental implant is often not stable enough to enable chewing straight away. It may take several months for the bone around the implant to heal and become strong enough for the patient to regain …

As Hip Implants Come Under Scrutiny…

Could this be the beginning of the end for metal-on-metal hip implants? Metal-on-metal hip implants are more likely to fail than devices made from other materials and should be banned, U.K. researchers said after reviewing the world’s largest database on hip replacements. More than 500,000 patients in the U.S. and 40,000 in the U.K. have …

An Implant Is an Implant Is an Implant

  It’s easy to understand why dental implants appeal. Aesthetically and functionally, they seem the next best thing to natural teeth. You don’t have to take them out or use special tools to clean them, and they last a long time. Other types of restorations typically have a 75 – 85% survival rate (PDF) after …

Electrifying Implants?

Last week, we published a post on why dental implants aren’t such a great idea. One reason: implantation triggers an autoimmune response. One common symptom of this response is inflammation. The day after our post ran, word came out of research on a way to limit post-implant inflammation: sending a jolt of electricity through the …

Sold on Dental Implants?

Although more dentists than ever seem to be pushing dental implants as the treatment of choice to replace lost teeth, not many people are buying them. According to a report on last month’s Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (you may need to register to view the article), while more than half of all American adults …

Diabetes Risk with Gum Disease, Bone Loss with Implants & Other News of Note

Study Finds Over 90% of People with Gum Disease Are at Risk for Diabetes (PhysOrg) The study, led by Dr. Shiela Strauss, Associate Professor of Nursing and Co-Director of the Statistics and Data Management Core for NYU’s Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing, examined data from 2,923 adult participants in the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition …