Mini dental implants may be trendy now, but there’s a long history of their use as a treatment for dental conditions.
Now, a new study suggests that their ability to treat a wide range of dental problems may be just as effective as those used to treat heart disease.
The study, published in the Journal of American Dental Association, found that patients with the implants who took them for heart conditions were less likely to develop dental complications, according to a press release from the American Denture Association.
Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found that the dental implants helped reduce pain and improve oral function in the patients they treated.
They also showed that the implants had no effect on dental infections, including plaque and gum disease.
According to the researchers, the implant could be used in patients who have oral conditions such as gum disease, gingivitis, and gum abscesses, or those with other types of cavities.
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