Approximately 3.7 million Britons have no natural teeth
Poorly fitting dentures sometimes cause such serious consequences for patients’ quality of life in terms of eating, chewing and speaking, that the World Health Organization classifies such people as disabled. See our recommendations for a successful dentures treatment.
In an attempt to relieve their ordeal and to offer ways to improve their overall quality of life, the University of Manchester has started a trial to examine possible solutions to the problem. The trial is being funded by the National Institute for Health Research for Patient Benefit Programme.
The University is currently recruiting participants for the trial. Half of them will undergo surgery to have titanium implants fitted into their lower jaw to hold the dentures in place, while the other half will be given innovative mini-implants that require less invasive procedures to be fitted. Patients will be monitored over a period of six months, with researchers monitoring their ability to chew, the pain they experience, and the impact of the different types of implants on their quality of life.
According to Dr. Craig Barclay, a consultant at The University Dental Hospital of Manchester and senior lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, dentists can only help people with denture problems if they know which treatment is most effective and most suitable for each individual. Hopefully, Barclay adds, the study will provide dentists with more answers regarding these questions.
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Damaged or missing teeth can be a serious problem, especially in terms of confidence and self-esteem.
However, as dental implant surgery becomes a more common technique to deal with the issue, the number of patients who can afford to take advantage of the procedure is increasing.
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Japanese scientists are paving the way for futuristic teeth that are free from decay.
They have developed a microscopic coating for teeth that prevent dental decay from deteriorating teeth – it may also make these teeth appear whiter!
Professor Shigeki Hontsu at Kinki University in western Japan says, “This is the world’s first flexible apatite sheet” The microscopic coating is a film that covers the tooth.
Dental implants have revolutionised the way dentists approach the problem of missing teeth.
At present, many people see implants as the perfect solution to replacing a single missing tooth, but not many realise that dental implants could be used to replace multiple missing teeth as well.
Find out more. In the past, multiple teeth were typically replaced by either partial or complete dentures, depending on the patient’s needs.
Medically reviewed & updated on September 16, 2021