The loss of even a single tooth can be a devastating life event. Your smile is changed, your confidence suffers, and you’re probably worried about whether more teeth are soon to follow. There are various ways to replace lost teeth, but what if we could actually regrow new ones?
A new study has found what might be one of the most interesting possibilities in dentistry. It’s a possibility that may make regrowing teeth a reality. At Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry we love hearing news like this – it could completely revolutionize patient care! Let’s not get too hasty, though – first we need to tell you about the amazing discovery that might make this possible.
A Common Ancestor?
As we all know, humans get two sets of teeth to last them for life. Once you go through those you’re out of luck – there’s no growing new ones. Contrast that to animals like sharks and alligators: they constantly regenerate new teeth their entire lives.
Eating can be rough for sharks and alligators – food fights back, and the environments they live in are definitely running by the “survival of the fittest” rule. We’re definitely not in need of 3,000 teeth in a lifetime, but a lot of us could definitely use a few more than what we get!
That’s where that new research comes in – scientists have actually found that the gene allowing sharks and alligators to regenerate teeth is the same one we use to grow two sets. Ours gets turned off after we grow our adult teeth, but their version keeps pumping out new teeth for life.
Sometime in ancient history we shared a common ancestor with sharks and alligators. That ancient animal was able to regenerate its teeth too, and when we all went our separate evolutionary ways we left that gene behind.
What if scientists we actually able to reactivate that gene? That’s the question that’s being asked now. Could we actually regrow teeth on demand? Would we constantly be cycling through smiles every few years of our lives? It’s unclear how the ability to control genes would change how we live our lives, but one thing is for certain: it would make a lot of denture wearers and people with damaged smiles a lot more willing to show off their pearly whites!
Until we’re able to unlock the genetic secret of tooth regeneration (don’t hold your breath) you’re going to have to settle for alternative methods of tooth regrowth. Luckily we can offer something that’s almost just as good as regrowing natural teeth at our Fairhope office!
Teeth That Are Just Like The Real Thing
Since we can’t simply wave a wand and regrow your teeth we’ve had to make due with a solution that’s nearly just as good. Dental implants are the most state-of-the-art method of replacing teeth in the world, and once they’re placed you won’t even realize they’re there.
Implants are made of titanium , which bonds to your jawbone with the same amount of strength as a natural tooth. In just a few months of healing you’ll have a root that’s just as strong as those you grow yourself, and once we restore it with a crown you’ll be able to experience a life that’s just like the one before you lost any teeth at all.
We can also use dental implants to restore teeth to people who are completely without any remaining natural ones! Using a series of dental implants we can anchor a full mouth bridge to both your upper and lower rows of teeth, leaving you with a completely natural looking and feeling smile that functions just as well as the real thing.
Implants are an amazing way to restore lost teeth, from one to a whole mouthful, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer this solution to you. While we might still be a ways off from regrowing natural teeth dental implants can provide you with a solution that’s just as good looking, just as functional, and just as natural feeling. Trust us – you’ll love the smile that dental implants give you!
Don’t Wait Another Day!
No matter how long you’ve been living with missing teeth or dentures we’re sure to have a solution for you. Give our Fairhope office a call today to schedule a dental implant consultation. You can reach us at 251-210-7142 or you can request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you soon!