Teeth play a very important role in our lives; with them were are able to bite, chew and have a smile that is full and beautiful. Keeping teeth always looking their best starts at home with the proper maintenance techniques and is continued with regular visits to your Ottawa dentist.
Modern technology is taking things a step further when it comes to helping to preserve your teeth by actually generating tissue that will be able to replicate any lost or damaged teeth. “Researchers have created complex gum tissue and bone structures in the lab, using 3D bio-printing. The printed tissue has already been transplanted successfully into animals, and could be used by dentists to replace missing teeth and bone in human patients within two years. The pioneering work at Griffith University, in Brisbane, Australia, was carried out by periodontist Saso Ivanovski. ‘A specialised bioprinter, which is set at the correct physiological temperature is then able to successfully fabricate the gum structures that have been lost to disease – bone, ligament and tooth cementum – in one single process,’ Ivanovski says. The breakthrough means that missing teeth can be replaced, even in cases where gum disease or trauma has destroyed too much bone for dental implants to inserted.”
This is something that will truly be able to revolutionize the dental industry and change the lives of individuals who are affected by the loss of teeth. The best way to avoid any type of tooth loss in the first place however is keep up with your dental health. If it’s been a while since your last trip to your Ottawa dentist, make sure to schedule an appointment.