If you’ve ever had the misfortune of losing a tooth, you may have considered dental implants in the past. You may also have been surprised to learn how expensive they are, and that oftentimes materials such as mercury or silver are used. But what if we could actually regrow teeth back? Fortunately, there is some incredible new research in development when it comes to oral health that could change the game entirely.
Dr. Jeremy Mao and his team from Columbia University were able to regrow teeth using a stem cell ‘scaffold’ for the new tooth to grow over.
Dr. Mao goes on to explain, “The missing tooth is replaced with stem cells from your body, and the tooth starts merging to the surrounding tissue on its own. This boosts the regeneration process and results in regrowth of the tooth in record time.” Essentially, this could mean the end of expensive dental surgeries used to replace damaged or missing teeth in the near future.
This would be a welcome change to the field of dental health, given the current risks that come with dental implants:
- Research show they can increase the risk of vulnerability to illnesses in the future such as heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease and more .
- Currently, implants are being done without any biocompatibility testing, which refers to the properties of materials being biologically compatible with the tissues in our body. This test ensures that materials that are being introduced to our bodies are safe for us .
- Implants are often used in extraction sites where cavitations (inflammation) are already developing. Autoimmune diseases seem to be often aggravated or even start after receiving metal implants. Additionally, an event called oral galvanism occurs when you place two dissimilar metals in your mouth. You essentially create a battery that will serve to drive the ions of the metals out of the metal into your mouth and also generate electricity . Our bodies rely on electric signals to operate biological systems, and when we introduce a new, foreign electrical signal, it can interfere with these processes and introduce imbalances that can contribute to health problems.
Changing The Dental Game
Currently, dentists are limited to the procedures that are available now, but Dr. Mao and his team are using new stem cell research to further their findings; this research could eventually be used to treat anything from broken bones to genetic disorders.
Although the process to regrow teeth takes 9 weeks, which is longer than if you were to receive a conventional procedure, it is plausible to assume that people would prefer to have a new tooth made up of their own DNA, rather than a foreign substance threatening their oral and overall health.
Dr. Mao says that the procedure is currently in the research stages and not available to the public yet, but it should hopefully available in the future. In the meantime, if you want to avoid conventional treatments that could be harmful, look for a good biological dentist.
Good oral health starts with good overall health, so take care of that body and it will take care of you!