As a child, the loss of ‘baby teeth’ and the re-growth of ‘adult teeth’ is something to be expected. In fact, most children actually look forward to the loss of their baby teeth because that means the tooth fairy will be there to retrieve those teeth and replace them with cold hard cash while they are asleep! As an adult, the loss of a tooth can be detrimental to other aspects of your life and cause a lack of confidence.
Can you imagine if you could re-grow a lost tooth in your adult life? It may be something that actually happens in the future! There are some fish that are actually able to continuously regenerate their teeth. “Most bony fish can regrow their lost teeth. A team of scientists is wondering if that ability of some fish could somehow lead to human tooth regeneration, with adult men and women producing additional teeth as needed. Fish do it all the time. Whenever they lose a tooth, a new one drops into place. Cichlids are a popular tropical fish. They keep their teeth throughout adulthood. If a tooth should fall out, another one takes its place.
Todd Streelman teaches biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He is working with cichlids to find out which genes help the fish keep their teeth.”
There may actually come a day when this becomes possible, but until then make sure to consult your local Ottawa dental professional for all of your dental needs, especially those pertaining to lost teeth.