Have you ever thought about regrowing new teeth in your mouth and avoid dental implants? Dental implants are a great technology that allows us to fill the void where the tooth was taken out without having to resort to dentures or just live with the new gap, but they come with their own set of drawbacks.
Now, one researcher has made an amazing breakthrough in dental implant technology that is far superior to typical dental implants or dentures, and allows you to regrow new, real teeth in your own mouth.
Before I get into the details of how exactly you can regrow your teeth (in as little as 9 weeks), you need to be aware of the potential issues with dental implants.
Potential Problems with Dental Implants
Normal dental implants can be a wonderful way to functionally and aesthetically replace a lost tooth. However, like any sort of implant, there are a variety of factors that cause complications or failure of the treatment.
Here are some of the issues with dental implants:
- Dental implants are expensive.
- Dental implants run the risk of being rejected by the body as a foreign object.
- The implant may fail to fuse together properly with the jawbone.
- An infection of the gum and/or the bone around the implant. In many cases the implant must be removed.
- An inexperienced dentist can cause damage to the tissue surrounding the implant, specifically the nerves around the area.
The above issues can mean that a huge investment of both time and cash will result in nothing but disappointment and pain.
How You Will Be Able to Regrow Teeth in your Mouth
Dr. Jeremy Mao, the Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, spearheaded the research leading to the discovery of this awesome new grow-your-own-tooth technology. Dr. Mao has also mentioned in an interview that “There seems to be no limit to what tissue we can regenerate”
He has created a “scaffolding” for lost teeth that contains the body’s own stem cells, allowing for the regrowth of your own teeth, using your own DNA. This technology is the first of its kind, and offers exciting prospects for the future of dental care.
A research published in the Japanese Science Dental Review discussed various techniques of scaffold design and fabrications and highlighted the recent progress in this exciting area of research. The research paper concluded that the development of customized scaffolds will help the current practice of treatment of tooth tissues and contribute to the science of tissue engineering of teeth. However the researchers highlighted the fact that “teeth tissue engineering is still in its infancy stage and there are a lot of challenges to overcome.”
How to Regrow Your Own Teeth (Video)
The Benefits of Regrowing your Own Teeth
Rather than going through the lengthy process of tooth extraction and implantation—which can take the better part of a year to fully recover from—this technology allows you to grow your own natural new tooth in only 9 weeks – a fraction of the time it takes for an implant to be placed and accepted by the body as a stand-in for a tooth.
It is also a natural technology, and involves no foreign materials to replace the lost tooth.
Your body’s own stem cells go to the scaffolding and replace the tooth that was lost, and the new tooth merges with the surrounding tissue—it’s that simple, and that natural. This procedure also eliminates the need to regrow the tooth in a Petri dish and results in faster recovery time
When the New Procedure Will be Available (2018 Update)
As of 2018, it is not clear how soon the technology will be available but I am going to follow it as this technology can be a game changer in dentistry.
The patent on this new technology is currently pending, and assistance in its implementation as a cost effective treatment in dental clinics is still needed.
For decades, dental implants have been the best available technology for people who want to replace an extracted or lost tooth. Dr. Mao’s research allows for a better, more natural option that involves a shorter recovery time and less chance of rejection and depends on your own body rather than a foreign object.
This is exciting news for anyone who has ever worried about what they’ll do if they lose a tooth!
Please contact Dr. Mao directly, if you are interested to get more details about the current status of this procedure.
Other Exciting New Technology in Dentistry
Another technological breakthrough that suppose to be available soon is healing small cavities without drilling!
A Japanese team has developed a groundbreaking cavity-filling method using a paste which is molecularly similar to tooth enamel. The paste bonds with the tooth without the need for drilling, saving the tooth’s owner time and pain. You can read more about this new technology in my article: This Toothpaste Fills Cavities Without Drilling.
However exciting these new technologies are, they are not substitute for good oral hygiene. Brushing daily using a good toothpaste and regular flossing is the best way to keep your mouth free from dental problems and to prevent white marks on your teeth.
You don’t necessarily have to buy commercial toothpaste which may contain toxin potentially linked to cancer, but you can use natural alternatives like this DIY 2 ingredient toothpastes or natural coconut paste and you can even try the Ayurvedic technique of oil pulling.
Natural Tooth Repair Method could Revolutionize Dental Treatments
Researchers from the King’s College in London discovered a way to stimulate tooth repair using an Alzheimer’s drug. The medical study “Promotion of natural tooth repair by small molecule GSK3 antagonists” was published in 2017.
This new biological approach could enable your teeth to repair themselves without using cements or fillings.
The researchers used biodegradable collagen sponges to deliver the treatment to the affected tooth. They applied low doses of small molecule glycogen synthase kinase (GSK-3) inhibitors to the tooth. The researchers found that the sponge degraded over time and that new dentine replaced it, leading to complete natural repair.
The lead author of the medical study, Professor Paul Sharpe said: “The simplicity of our approach makes it ideal as a clinical dental product for the natural treatment of large cavities, by providing both pulp protection and restoring dentine.”
For more information about this medical breakthrough for tooth repair contact King’s college directly.