The fact is we get one set of teeth, and even injury to gums and implantation sites of our jaw potentially cause tooth loss. All new research in dental health revolves around preserving our teeth.
The top two new innovations in dentistry involve technology to craft a tooth and stem cell therapy to enhance dental health.
The stem cell is a potent healer as it can replicate and differentiate into a number of vastly different type of cells.
In dentistry our stem cells are in the pulp and peridontal tissues. Learning more about these stem cells, and their ability to heal a variety of dental issues (infections or genetic problems for instance) is where much research is going on. Being able to heal dental enamel or the actual body of the tooth or the dentin using stem cells is an area of much interest.
MRI and CT scans are being used in a variety of sophisticated ways to track our dental health and our dental stem cells.
Another area of reaseach is to figure out better and healthier adhesive systems for our teeth. Eventually those adhesives can be used to control oral bacteria and dental plaque as well as treat a cavity or loss of part of a tooth. Currently most crowns are better in color and bio-compatibility than they were, but still they can crack New crowns using zirconium in the material are going to be even better.
Dental nerve damage is responsible for much tooth loss and disease. Growth factors, biomaterials, stem cells, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory substances are being tried to either avoid or enhance root canal procedures.
And of course overall nutrition and health is important and what we want to discuss at your next visit!