Tobin Dental News

IS TOOTH REGENERATION IN THE FUTURE?

added on: January 16, 2013 | By: Dr. Nancy Tobin

Each year, dentists treat millions of cavities that result from the enameleating acids emitted by sugar-eating bacteria missed by flossing and brushing. While drilling out tooth decay and filling cavities with amalgam or composite fillings has proven extremely effective in preserving the remaining healthy tooth structure, patients often wish they could somehow magically eliminate any decay and simply regenerate the tooth back to its previous healthy state. That wish may someday be a reality because scientists have identified a peptide known as MSH (melanocyte-stimulating hormone) that encourages cells within decayed teeth to regenerate in about one month. When introduced into the teeth in a gel or film in the laboratory, cavities disappeared and were replaced by healthy tooth structure.

Drilling teeth and filling them is safe and effective. However, though we numb the tooth, many patients still rue the sound of that drill. This column has been brought to you in the interest of better dental health. Call my Garden City dental practice today for an appointment. We’re currently accepting new patients. You can rely on us to answer all your questions about dental treatments and procedures.We provide comprehensive care, prevention, and maintenance for a lifetime of smiles. Our welcoming and modern office focuses on each individual patient, attention to detail, and a passion for excellence.

We offer a complete selection of procedures, from simple whitening to total smile makeovers. We can give you a smile you’ll be proud to show.

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