Those who take pride in the appearance of their teeth will know precisely what cosmetic dental procedures are available. Their teeth can look white and beautiful with in-chair teeth whitening, or straight with braces and Invisalign. Whatever imperfection you have, your dentist will have something up their sleeve to help.
What you may not have imagined, however, is that in the future, they could have the ability to regrow your teeth. Right now, technology allows dentists to create dental implants and dentures to replace your lost teeth. Even if there is not enough bone for dental implants, they can generate that too. Dental technology has never been better than it is today.
In late 2019, molecular biologists from the United Kingdom released information that they have identified a gene in mice responsible for tooth regeneration. With this new information, it can only be a matter of time before they delve into the possibilities surrounding tooth regeneration in humans.
According to researchers led by Dr. Bing Hu at the University of Plymouth’s Peninsula Dental School, natural growth could be on the cards. The team studied both signalling molecules and genes in mice’s teeth to work out how they can regrow them.