Could It Be Possible In the Future to Regenerate a Tooth?
Posted on 6/21/2021 by Robert Leale
|We believe anything is possible. While it is hard to think about a tooth regenerating, it was also probably hard to comprehend that a person could walk on the moon. What about the mental block it took to overcome using a printing press or telephone? In Hollywood, special effects could make tooth regeneration possible, but is it feasible for a regular person in an everyday dental chair to regenerate teeth?
Limitations to Tooth Regeneration
For a tooth to regenerate, several hurdles have to be overcome. First of all, tooth enamel has to regrow. Enamel is the thin outer covering that protects the tooth. Interestingly, tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the body. It is not living. It is difficult to make things grow that are not living. While some toothpastes and mouthwashes claim to restore enamel by remineralizing weak spots, it is not possible that enamel would regrow easily.
Another hurdle to regenerating a tooth would be stimulating the growth of stem cells in the dental pulp to actually grow. A method to do this still has scientists baffled. Our pharmaceuticals have a ways to go as well. Until then, it is important that we do all we can to keep our teeth by caring for them.
Keep Your Teeth Rather Than Trying to Regenerate Them
The best thing you can do is protect your teeth. Until scientists find a way to regenerate teeth, keeping your teeth should be a top priority. Call our office to schedule your routine cleaning and checkup. We will be able to identify tooth decay before it becomes an issue and your tooth dies. In addition, we encourage all of our patients to live a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious food and limiting sugar.
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