Researchers discover way to replace teeth without a bone transplant
Updated: 11/16/2011 7:00:06 PM
Replacing teeth can be a complicated and expensive process, especially if you don't have dental insurance. This procedure often requires building up the jaw with a bone transplant due to the fact that when a person looses a tooth the jaw decreases in volume. Now, researchers from Sweden believe that they can move teeth using a brace, eliminating the need for this complicated procedure.
Researchers tested their process on dogs, using braces to gently move teeth into the area of the missing tooth. They found that this process effectively fills the gap between teeth without reducing the moved tooth's attachment to the jaw.
"In other words, many patients can be given more teeth more easily," said researcher Lindskog Stoklan.
Now the question remains, what happens to the site of the moved tooth? According to researchers, the area where the new tooth previous was seems to experience less of a reduction in bone mass, making it a good place for dental implants that will not require a bone transplant. These new procedure could make the process of having a tooth replaced less invasive.
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