A new type of dental implant is coming to market, and it could make your teeth look like those of a teen-age girl.
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The new dental implant was created by researchers at Harvard University and includes a mesh-like structure that can be attached to the front of your teeth to create a smiley face.
The Harvard-led team of researchers has developed a way to attach the mesh-shaped structure to the surface of your gums, where it allows the implant to grow to full size.
The mesh is made up of a polymer material that is then chemically fused with an implantable plastic to form a new gel, called a biocompatible microfiber, which acts as a protective barrier for the implants.
The new device can be worn for two months and can be replaced when the gel breaks down.
It can be used in place of dental implants and can also be used for the treatment of other health conditions.
Dr. Susanne Gierad, an associate professor of dental surgery at Harvard, said the biocommatible polymer was the best way to achieve the best possible results, especially in the early stages of the disease, where people have less time to repair their gums.
The mesh-based dental implant can be placed on the surface or underneath the gums and is made of plastic or fiberglass that has been coated with a polymer that gives the gel a softer texture and allows it to break down easily, said Dr. Gierab.
The researchers have already tested the biobidgets on volunteers who had gum disease and found the gel had no noticeable side effects.
The biocomposites have a wide range of applications, Dr. George Siegel, a medical researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told the AP.
They can be implanted on a toothbrush, in a dental appliance or in a toothpaste tube.
They also can be embedded in your skin, and in some cases, in your eye, Dr Siegel said.
The device is currently available in the U.S. only through the University System of Georgia.
The medical team is working to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration for this type of biocomplacement.
The study is being funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
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