Here’s some welcome news for those who have lost their permanent teeth: A promising research shows that regrowing permanent teeth may soon become a possibility through the use of laser technology. The following is an excerpt from John Upton’s article from the Pacific Standard:
Some dentists already use lasers to remove decayed parts of teeth. And new findings, described last week in Science Translational Medicine, suggest that less powerful dental laser treatments could one day activate dental stem cells, helping your teeth recover following a dentist visit.If the research becomes a reality, then it will be a celebratory time indeed! Just think, you can finally do away with dentures and have teeth of your own to chew with! In the meantime, it’s still best to care for your teeth diligently and follow your regular schedule with your Philadelphia dentist.
Researchers bored holes in the molars of poor lab rats, then stuffed the wounds with fillings. One of the cavity-like wounds in each rat was fired at with a low-powered laser; the other was left alone and monitored as a control. Within 12 weeks, the scientists discovered that the laser-treated wounds were growing dentin—the protective layer of tooth that sits between the pulp and the enamel.
The treatments were far from perfect. Instead of nice dentin bridges, pulp stones formed. But the researchers think the bridge could be mastered by tweaking the laser’s focus, which would be an easier task when using larger animals. I.e., us.
People are always reminded to go to the dentist regularly. However, many loathe even just the thought of scheduling a dental appointment, so understanding why it's necessary to go on a regular basis may convince those who are nervous to make that appointment.
The main reason for visiting the dentist is to keep your teeth, especially the permanent ones, in optimal health. A teeth-cleaning session carried out by a dentist will be more thorough than if you were to clean your teeth on your own at home. The dentist will have the equipment necessary to efficiently remove plaque and tartar buildup while cleaning all around the tooth. He may also offer you advice on what to avoid, keeping your teeth healthy.
Studies have shown that maintaining a healthy mouth improves overall health and helps prevent conditions like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. That being said, the importance of regular dental visits cannot be stated enough. If you haven’t done so yet, call the office of a leading dentist in Philadelphia like Dr. Gerald Regni to have your teeth checked today.
(Source: Dentists May Soon Use Lasers to Regrow Your Teeth, Pacific Standard, June 6, 2014)