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Can You Regrow Teeth?

Goodbye dentures!

The modern dental world may have found a successful method to help patients replace their missing teeth, and falsies are not one of them.

You could now have the opportunity to grow your own teeth in as little as 9 weeks.

As strange as this sounds, this is a very fortunate discovery for those who find wearing dentures or getting implants to be problematic, scary, or too high of maintenance.

At the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology in Japan, researchers found a way to extract the cells in the mouth that help to form teeth. Researchers split these cells, or “germs” and implanted them into the jaws of mice to test whether or not new teeth would grow.

After approximately 15 days, the cells finally began to form into teeth. Here’s the catch, though: The mice in the experiment only had teeth grow about half the size of their original teeth. However, this technique could possibly be useful in helping children with missing teeth or those who have underdeveloped teeth from Down syndrome or cleft lip.

Considering there are millions of denture wearers in the United Kingdom, with nearly a million of those denture wearers in the age range of 16-44, this method of growing your own teeth could be very helpful in limiting the need for dentures, even if the implanted teeth method still has yet to be perfect considering the size they grow to.

As well as this, 26 percent of adults by the age of 74 have lost all of their permanent teeth, increasing the need for dentures, however, with this technology, it could greatly reduce such a need for the artificial devices.

As for patients with one or a few lost teeth, because dental implants are typically implanted with a titanium screw, many dental patients find this to be a major concern because of its material and considering the fact that it’s quite painful to have put in, at least in comparison to growing your own teeth. With the growing your own teeth method being natural as you’re using your own body’s cells to regrow teeth, the body recognizes the newly-grown teeth and will not reject them like with many dental implant cases, in which the dental implants have to be removed immediately.

One researcher of the experiment, Dr. Tsuji, commented that stem cells could be used to encourage the growth of more tooth-growing cells for future use of growing teeth in the near future.

The problem with dental implants for many patients:

  • They’re expensive.
  • Increases infections and sinus problems
  • Implants, being a foreign and unnatural device, are often rejected by the body.
  • Nerve or gum damage can be accidentally done during implantation.

Benefits of growing your own teeth:

  • Only takes 9 weeks
  • It’s natural.
  • It’s not rejected by the body like many dental implants.
  • The procedure is simple.
  • No false dentures needed
  • No painful dental implants necessary
  • No maintenance, besides dental hygienic methods, once they grow
  • Once they grow, they’re permanent.

Where and when can you grow your own teeth?

Because this is fairly new technology, there’s no say when dental patients can grow their own teeth as the technology first has to have further research done to ensure its effectivity, and dental professionals across the globe will have to be trained to perform this method on patients.


Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.

References:

  • https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/can-tooth-enamel-grow-back
  • https://www.newsweek.com/2017/02/03/alzheimers-drugs-helps-teeth-repair-cavities-547143.html
  • http://naturallysavvy.com/care/natural-tooth-care-can-you-heal-cavities-and-regrow-teeth
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