Tooth Regeneration: Is This the Future of Missing Teeth?

Have you ever lost a tooth? You're not alone.

There are more than 5 million implants placed each year by dentists in the United States. There are countless more root canals and fillings that help deal with decaying teeth.

Wouldn't it be great if broken or missing teeth could grow back? Scientific research into tooth regeneration suggests this may soon be the case. A team of scientists have discovered a method to naturally regenerate damaged teeth.

This could revolutionize dental treatment in the future. Here is what we know so far and what it means for you. Read on to learn more.

The Discovery

There have been several notable discoveries in recent years.

One of the biggest discoveries came from a group of scientists at King's College in London. The team was conducting experiments on a molecule known as Tideglusib.

Scientists originally researched Tideglusib to help with Alzheimer's and other neurogenerative diseases. The substance has so far been unsuccessful in treating these diseases but has made a big impact on the dental community.

The scientists studied the effects of Tideglusib on tooth decay in mice. They put it in the animals mouths via biodegradable collagen sponges. The sponges dissolved over time and in their place were new dentines.

Another study at the University of California - San Francisco showed that stem cells have a big impact on teeth. Researchers intended to see how stem cells could help heal burns and grow organs from scratch.

They found that proteins known as integrins trigger a signal within stem cells. The signal causes the stem cells to multiply. This multiplication led the cells to form into mature tooth tissue in mice.

What Does it Mean

What is the traditional method for dealing with teeth? You can get a crown or dental implant if your tooth goes missing. You can get a filling or root canal if your tooth decays.

That may no longer be necessary. Tooth regeneration eliminates the need to replace missing or decaying teeth.

That's because stem cells can fully restore dentine found in teeth. Dentine is the part of the tooth that tooth decay effects. Prior to this research, there was no way to naturally restore it.

Now? Painful root canals might soon be a thing of the past.

The Future of Tooth Regeneration

Tooth regeneration might sound too good to be true. Unfortunately, the American Dental Association agrees. They don't recognize it as a viable clinical procedure.

That's because there has yet to be any conclusive studies on humans. The issue with recent research is that it's been on mice. A mouse's teeth can continue to grow throughout its life.

A human's teeth, on the other hand, stop growing at maturity. Will this method be as effective on humans? We don't know.

Recent research has been encouraging. The use of Tideglusib is also beneficial. It's approved for clinical trials, which means there are fewer barriers to further research.

Your Dental Care

Time will tell what the future has in store for tooth regeneration.

In the meantime, you can keep your teeth healthy through proper dental care and regular checkups.

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