Right now, the best way for a patient to replace one or more missing teeth is with dental implants. That’s because dental implants are structured in a way that’s similar to teeth. On top is the crown, which replaces the missing tooth. Below is the metal implant that acts like a prosthetic root. When inserted into the jaw, the implant will stimulate the growth of new bone tissue in the jaw, creating a strong, stable foundation and creating results that feel natural.
As effective as this option is, though, it may one day be possible for dentists like Dr. Duane Keuning and Dr. Greg Riley to help patients re-grow what they’ve lost. In March, Science World Report published an article reporting that doctors and researchers had found a way to use stem cells to grow a new tooth where one had been lost. The process involves taking a sample of gum tissue, isolating particular cells, and transplanting them back to the jaw.
You won’t be seeing dentists offer this as a service any time soon, but it could be that one day bioengineered teeth will replace dental implants.
Until then, talk to our team at Juno Beach Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry about how dental implants can help. Not every patient is a good candidate for the procedure, but many are. What’s more dental implants are versatile; they can be used to replace a single tooth, a few teeth, or even a full row of teeth. During a consultation visit with Dr. Keuning or Dr. Riley, we can help you understand your needs and your treatment options. We can also put together a personalized plan that will help you address those options.
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