Everyone’s afraid of dentists. The constant buzzing sounds and the pain that dreaded tool causes has put dentists on top of the most hated people in the world, although unfairly. However, a new scientific discovery may have been the breakthrough dentistry has been waiting for a long time.
Apparently, scientists have found a way to regrow completely new teeth which will put dental implants where they belong – in history. Despite being the preferred treatment for missing teeth, dental implants are neither the best nor the least invasive option. Plus, the process of bonding with the surrounding tissue takes time and to put it simply, it’s just too painful.
Sometimes, the implants will fail to align with the teeth properly, creating a slew of new problems. This is why they are not the greatest solution. Fortunately, the scientific breakthrough we’ve all been dreaming of is nearby. Scientists have finally found a way to “regenerate” teeth and grow them up from scratch. The best part about it is that the technique allows regrowing the original tooth in its location.
How Can We Regrow Teeth?
Dr. Jeremy Mao from Columbia University and his team of biochemical engineers have found a way to “orchestrate” stem cells to regrow lost teeth. We’ve all been aware of the benefits of stem cells for years, yet no one ever thought of using them to regrow teeth. Now, Dr. Mao and his team have found a way to create what’s essentially a scaffolding infused with growth factor which can yield an anatomical tooth in the location of the lost one.
Instead of drilling your jawbone and placing a titanium screw in it, we can now naturally regrow teeth. The process takes up to 9 weeks which is faster than anyone hoped. The revolutionary technique aims to put an end to dental implants once and for all and is a huge step for dental medicine in general.
At the moment, Dr. Mao and his team are pushing to patent the discovery and hope to make it public soon. Once the technology sees the light of day, we won’t be afraid of dentists anymore, and that can only be a good thing.