Some people say that the smile is the window to the soul. A good smile can get you far in life, whether its in your work place greeting clients or at the bar trying to meet somebody special. Everyone loves a good smile, and the energy of that love is equally displaced by how much everyone dreads going to the dentist. Think about our biggest dental woes. You’re going in for you’re next check up and your neighborhood dentist spots a cavity, or two, or three.
The real enemy of every dentist and patient during a visit is the forever-feared root canal. The root canal is one of the most distressing reasons for a dental visit. I think everyone could agree that the last way they want to spend their Tuesday morning is sitting in a dentists chair and getting their infects dental nerves scraped away.
Fear no more, odontaphobics of the world; scientists in the United Kingdom are shaking the very foundation of this seemingly stagnant practice. Lately it seems like fortune has been smiling upon the dental field due to this new scientific breakthrough known as regenerative tooth filling.
This article will explain the wonders of this new dental procedure and how it encourages the cells in your teeth to grow naturally by acting as a matrix that boosts positive generation.
With any new scientific procedure there are some unanswered questions that need to be approached in a calm and intellectual manner. The first thing you need to know about regenerative tooth filling is that this procedure won’t reduce the number of root canals performed in the world by any significant amount. If you think you’re a shoe-in for this regenerative tooth filling you should schedule a visit with your dentist now, as most people don’t know they need a pulp filling or a root canal until its too late.
That being said, in order to qualify for a regenerative tooth filling your tooth needs to be in this “goldilocks” position between infected and normal. In your mouth, there needs to be both strong and living stem cells in the tooth that’s being worked on in order for the regenerative filling to take hold. It is highly possible that a regenerative tooth filling performed on the wrong person will result in the mouth rejecting the filling and the patient needing a root canal anyways.
The technology of regenerative tooth filling acts as a helping hand to a dying tooth, and doesn’t offer a complete fix. When going to the dentist, there needs to be something to work with as far as an idea of a healthy tooth stem, or else you’re out of luck.
Right now, in dental situations that would warrant a regenerative tooth filling most first-world dentists look towards the root canal or the less intrusive process of pulp capping. Regenerative tooth fillings work as sort of a high-tech pulp capping that places a foundation over the pulp of the damaged tooth in order for the exposed area to regenerate.
Another huge issue that stands out, when it comes to regenerative tooth filling, is whether or not the procedure will be worth the trouble. The process itself, as you may already know, is very intensive and requires skilled dentists with training and the right tools necessary. Without any solid statistics on the long-term effects of this procedure, we are sort of left in the dark about understanding it completely.
That being said, it still remains to be comprehended whether or not the risk and reward factor of this process is actually worth going through with the procedure in the first place. The material they use as the foundation for the pulp is a laser-affected, durable material made of tough, but forgiving resin. It’s safe to assume that the right material for this job comes at a pretty high price, this is before the procedure even starts.
Without being too pessimistic, we can all understand that the average dental patient may not be financially supported enough to even follow through with the procedure. Then there’s the concern that dentists will all have to be trained on how to perform the procedure correctly. This situation is probably the least of our concerns as patients, but for people working in the dental industry it is provides for a huge anxiety. Dental training as it is, is a very laborious, and drawn-out process. The average dentist goes through 6 years of training before even touching a patient’s tooth.
The market will have to catch up with this new procedure, and start training new dentists as soon as possible, for regenerative tooth fillings to even be a viable option. Beyond the amount of new training dentists will have to take part in, the materials for the procedure are going to have to become readily available in dentists across the board.
If this procedure necessitates the use of stem cells and other hard to get product in order to make the regenerative scaffolding necessary, then we could be looking at a complete change to the entire dental economy. Laboratories that focus on cloning and stem cell generation will have to spring up out of nowhere, as these don’t necessarily exist in the modern world outside of very specific testing areas.
When looking at the fine print of this situation it is easy to feel a little less optimistic about the advent of regenerative tooth fillings. We’ve learned today that this new procedure may not be the most efficient fix to getting rid of the root canal process altogether. The suggestion that this procedure would be cheaper by any means is a little out of left field. Like any news in the dental industry you might have to take the introduction of regenerative tooth filling with a grain of salt.
While we have proven that the tooth fillings work and perform their task of regenerating, we know nothing about the longevity of the filling, or the date for when this will become available in the future. So, if you’ve been putting off that root canal in hopes for a simple process, maybe it’s time to bite the bullet, because regenerative tooth filling might not be your best bet for a solid smile.