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Fluoride tooth implant. Child hav- ing a fluoride tooth implant fitted. The implant (at centre) prevents tooth decay by increasing the levels of fluoride in the saliva to 0.7-1.5 milli- grams a litre. The fluoride is released slowly over a period of two years by the implant, which consists of a glass composite pellet. The pellet is attached to a permanent tooth using a composite resin. Only one implant is needed to protect the whole mouth, regardless of which tooth it is attached to. The implants are cheap & easy to fit, making them very cost-effective. The implants were developed by Martin Curzon and Jack Toumba at the Leeds Dental Institute in Britain.
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