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3D Bone printing? It could be just around the corner.

I had a funny dream the other day. I dreamed that someone had invented a material that mimicked the properties of natural bone, and could be formed, in the lab, to recreate the precise shape of a bony defect, enabling a much quicker, more accurate means of bone...

Dental Tourism – is it worth it?

The attractions of travelling overseas for major reconstructive dentistry are easy to see. Many of the most agressively marketed dental tourism destinations are also great places to have a holiday, too, so the fees charged by local practitioners for treatments like...

The Holy Grail? An end to fillings?

A week or so ago, I posted a little snippet about advances in dental filling material that promise longer-lived fillings. But what if we could get teeth to repair themselves? Almost all human tissue can regenerate to some degree. Even dentin, the mineralised material...

Will this be the filling material of the future?

The mouth is a tough environment, and it’s a sad truth that fillings, even with the best care, are not likely to last longer than a decade. Modern filling materials are pretty good, though, and any advances have to meet ever more rigorous biocompatibility criteria...

Tips on teeth care from Sunrise

A few really good tips here from Channel 7’s Sunrise program. One thing I’d add to their advice, though – invest in an electric toothbrush. They’re just –...

I love it when researchers think outside the box

One of the key concerns of any clinician who practises surgery is the biology of healing. As a clinician who practises surgery in the bacteria-rich environment of the mouth, it’s something I have particularly good reason to fret about. Since I began dentistry,...

3D Planning

I’ve been using my computer to plan my implant treatments for a decade and a half. I use a 3D planning software called SimPlant – the first in its field and still, I think, the best. Using a sophisticated form of Xray imaging, it helps me visualise precisely where I...

‘Bumper sticker’: the filling material of the future?

Is this the filling material of the future? The mouth is a tough environment, and it’s a sad truth that fillings, even with the best care, are not likely to last longer than a decade. Modern filling materials are pretty good, though, and any advances have to meet ever...

The Rise of Geriatric Dentistry

The world’s population is both growing and aging. More people than ever before are surviving to their children’s adulthood – for many parts of the developing world a rarity only 50 years ago. While that’s good news, it also means that many more people are living with...

Lies, Damned Lies, and Implant Statistics

Dental implant design and clinical practice have reached a state where almost any patient can receive implant treatment and expect it to last for many years.  It’s an impressive achievement, which is why I get irritated when I see it overstated to the public. Here’s a...