A group of dentists in the United States have performed what they say is the first randomized controlled trial to determine whether dentistry can heal the teeth faster than previously thought.
The study, published in the American Journal of Dental Research, examined the effects of a periodontal implant, which is implanted into the teeth to help with healing.
They also looked at the effect of an alternative treatment, dental amalgam, which uses a combination of chemicals and silicone to create a more permanent solution.
In a randomized controlled study, scientists implanted an oral device into the mouth of four healthy people.
Each person was asked to wear an implant for two weeks, while a control group received a placebo implant.
The dentists looked at a variety of dental conditions.
They did not look at the effects on the people who had already been using dental implants.
The results showed the implant could provide faster healing than people previously thought, said Dr. Mark Bierman, an associate professor of dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco.
He was not involved in the study.
In an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Biermann wrote that the results showed that a periodiscan implant is effective for people who are already using a periodical.
The implant had a similar healing effect to the conventional dental implant, but the dentists did not have to use silicone or other chemicals.
People who have had periodontitis for years may be more likely to have some type of dental problem, said Biermans.
The team looked at people who were either taking the oral surgery or were on the alternative treatment.
The group that was on the surgery did not use silicone.
In addition to dentists, Biersman also studies the use of the implant in the treatment of chronic disease, including asthma, obesity, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and cancer.
In the study, the group that received the implant had about a 50 percent reduction in the number of cavities in their teeth compared to the group who received a conventional periodontic implant.
The dentists found the results were similar for patients with other types of chronic diseases.
The researchers say more research is needed to determine if dentists can help people who have not been able to get the dental surgery.
They are still testing the implant on people who did not receive surgery.