Imagine never having to worry about losing teeth again. If the worst happened you could simply swing by our Edgewood dentist office and have us start a tooth regeneration that would be done in a matter of months. You’d never have to worry about getting fillings, having a root canal, bridges, crowns, or any other dental restoration: the solution would simply be to extract and regrow teeth.
If you think we’re just messing around on April Fool’s Day think again – we’re serious! A recent study has found that it might just be possible in the future. We’re already able to grow one new set of teeth, so why not a second one?
How Would Tooth Regrowth Be Possible?
It definitely seems far fetched, and let’s be clear: we’re not quite there yet. The discovery that came about is still just as amazing, however, because it gives us a clear path forward toward actually regrowing teeth.
In case you’re not aware, sharks and most fish constantly regrow teeth throughout their lives. Some species will go through as many as 3,000 teeth in a lifetime because they just keep constantly producing new ones and pushing the older, worn ones out of place.
Humans, on the other hand, just get two sets of teeth: our baby ones and the set we grow into between the ages of seven to ten. We’re already able to grow one new set of teeth, so why not more and more? That’s the puzzle that’s come one step closer to being solved with a new discovery!
Somewhere between four and five million years ago sharks and humans shared their last common ancestor. As we both evolved further and further apart only the water dwellers got to keep their perpetually regenerating teeth, and probably for a good reason: sharks and fish break their teeth all the time.
That doesn’t mean we don’t have the gene for tooth regeneration buried somewhere deep in our DNA, however, and it’s actually a lot closer to the surface than you might think: we use the same benes to grow two sets of teeth as sharks use to grow hundreds!
Now that we know there’s a similarity in the genes that cause tooth regeneration it’s just a matter of finding a way to turn them on, right? Easier said than done. We wouldn’t recommend waiting around with missing teeth if you’re hoping for regrowth to become reality!
But what if you’re missing a few teeth? Isn’t there something that’s better than a bridge, dentures, or just living with missing teeth? There is, and it’s available at Edgewood Dental Care!
The Next Best Thing To Regrowing Teeth
While we can’t simply wave a wand and regrow teeth yet we can offer something that’s almost just as amazing: dental implants. These amazing titanium restorations are just as strong, durable, and reliable as natural teeth – and they can do everything from one tooth up to a mouthful!
Dental implants are small screws that are placed in your jaw right where your natural teeth used to be. One healed they’re bonded strongly to your bone, making them just as tough and reliable as natural teeth. We restore our dental implants with crowns and bridges made from incredibly lifelike materials – you won’t even be able to tell which tooth is natural and which is an implant!
Our dental implant services can be perfectly tailored to your individual needs. We offer a variety of different services, including:
- single tooth implants that are restored with crowns
- implant bridges for restoring two or more missing teeth
- full mouth bridges that replace dentures, both partial and full
- immediate load implants so you’ll have new, permanent teeth in a single day
- mini implants for patients who have suffered significant bone loss
- implant retention for dentures – just pop them in place in the morning and live with confidence!
We’re confident that we can find the perfect solution for your – you’ll be truly amazed at what dental implants can do!
Until Tooth Regeneration Is Possible
Dental implants are the premier method of replacing lost teeth, and until we can actually unlock the secrets of tooth regeneration they’re going to be the preferred way to do so!
If you want to find out more about dental implants and your treatment options don’t hesitate to contact our Edgewood dentist office today! You can schedule an appointment by calling us at 859-474-7830 or you can request a consultation online. We look forward to seeing you soon!