Dentures and implants may now be a thing of the past because scientists have the ability to grow new teeth in a patient’s mouth.
This is huge for the many adults who end up losing a tooth or multiple teeth during their lifetimes.
As of now, the only options for a missing tooth include implants, or if all teeth are missing, dentures. However, these two methods cause serious dental health problems.
Health issues associated with dental implants include infection at the implant site, injury or damage to the surrounding structures, nerve damage, and sinus problems. “Despite being the preferred treatment for missing teeth today, dental implants can fail and have no ability to “remodel” with surrounding jaw bone, which undergoes necessary and inevitable changes throughout a person’s life.” (Dentistry iQ)
Dentures can be uncomfortable and make eating difficult. Also, they can cause gum and mouth irritation or infections.
By growing a new tooth in the location where one lost a tooth, all issues associated with implants or dentures are gone. “This is a much-needed medical advancement, especially considering that by age 74—26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.” (Underground Health Reporter)
“A new technique pioneered at the Tissue Engineering, and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory of Dr. Jeremy Mao, Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine, and a professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University can orchestrate the body’s stem cells to migrate to three-dimensional scaffold that is infused with the growth factor. This can yield an anatomically correct tooth in as soon as nine weeks once implanted in the mouth.” (Dentistry iQ)
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