If you’ve ever had the misfortune of losing a tooth, you likely already know how expensive dental implants are. In addition, often contain materials such as mercury or silver, which can be harmful to us. But, what if we told you that the teeth can grow back?
You will probably find it hard to believe, but, fortunately, new advances in oral health have made it possible for teeth to grow back.
Dr. Jeremy Mao and his team from the University of Columbia have used cells to get the teeth to grow.
As he himself says: “the missing tooth is replaced with stem cells of our own body and merges with the surrounding tissue by itself. This increases the process of regeneration and growth of the tooth. Basically, this could mean the end of costly dental surgeries used to replace lost or damaged teeth”.
This would be a welcome change in the field of dental health, given the current risks associated with dental implants. Research has shown that it can increase the risk of heart disease, liver, kidney, etc.
Currently, the implants are done without any test of biocompatibility, that is to say, it is not checked if the properties of the materials are biologically compatible with the tissues of the body. So we do not know if they are safe for us. This fact increases our chances of suffering from autoimmune diseases and can aggravate those that already suffer.
On the other hand, when you place two different metals in the mouth the so-called oral galvanism may occur. Our body tries to expel the ions of the metal, which generates electricity and, when we introduce an electrical signal is different, it can interfere with these processes and contribute to different health problems. That is what we call galvanism in the mouth.
Although the process to regenerate the teeth lasts for 9 weeks, it is much safer than implants.
Dr. Mao explains that the procedure is currently in the research stage and cannot yet be applied to patients, but it will not be long in being available.