The future is now. Those far fetched ideas of the past that were put into movies depicting the future are actually slowly coming to fruition. Self driving cars, the power of a computer within the palm of your hand (smartphones) and even things that you may never have thought of as a possibility, such as teeth that will be able to ‘fix’ themselves!
“British researchers are perfecting a technique that uses blasts of ultrasound to trigger healing processes in the mouth.They hope the technique will provide a more natural way of repairing damaged and decayed teeth. It might even be possible to grow teeth from scratch. The researchers have shown it is possible to stimulate these cells by zapping them with ultrasound for a few minutes. Once awakened, they start to multiply in number and turn into the cells that make up teeth. So far the work has been done on cells extracted from rats’ teeth but the team, which includes Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser to the British Dental Association, believes it will be possible to heal human teeth in the mouth.Professor Walmsley, an expert in restorative dentistry, said: ‘The utopia is that you’d go to the dentist having had your tooth banged or with some decay and you’d use the cells that are already there to repair it.’ He added: ‘You may still need a little bit of drilling but you wouldn’t need to have as much treatment.’”
Even when this becomes something that is commonplace amongst people, the dentist will always be an integral part of your oral development. Make sure you visit your Ottawa dentist regularly to keep your mouth as healthy and clean as possible.