Dental surgeons have developed a revolutionary implant procedure using an electrical transmitter to speed up the waiting time before a new tooth can be fitted.
Dental implants – a fixed alternative to removable dentures – are fitted in two stages, starting with inserting a screw to hold the tooth in the jawbone.
Patients then have to wait up to nine months for the bone to ‘integrate’ with the metal screw before a tooth can be fitted on to it.
But by using electromagnetic transmitters in the end of the screw, the new implant procedure can speed up the integration process by between 40 and 70 per cent, according to its originators.
The device, invented by Israeli company Magdent, is approved in the EU, and is due to be marketed to UK dentists early next year.