Dentistry: Replacing Teeth with Plastic

Dentists as well as their patients have long dreamed of the day when a pulled tooth could be replaced by another in the same operation. But so far, only a patient's own teeth have worked well when thus transplanted, and rare is the patient who happens to have a surplus tooth handy just when it is needed. Now Brown University's Dr. Milton Hodosh reports encouraging progress with plas tic implants, molded to the aching jaw as soon as the offending tooth has been pulled. To make sure that the implants will stand up...

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