A new study released in May of 2014, gives a glimpse into the possible future of dentistry. For the very first time, low powered lasers have been used to stimulate stem cells in the body of mice to make new tissue. According to the study released from a Harvard bio-engineer, Dr. David Mooney, and co-author, Dr. Praveen Arany, a dentist and pathologist, the results may have application not only in dentistry, but in medicine as well. Dr. Steven Van Wicklen of Austin keeps abreast of coming advances in dentistry, such as those found in this study.
Dental decay, or cavities, are formed when bacteria eats through a tooth’s enamel. The dentin, the hardest part of a tooth, may then be penetrated by the bacteria as the hole goes deeper. If left untreated, the bacteria will ultimately reach the pulp of a tooth – the section of a tooth that houses the nerve and blood vessels.
This study’s conclusions:
The implications of not having to extract stem cells from the body, but rather stimulate them while in the body, may have far reaching implications for both dentistry and medicine. Dr. Arany, researcher for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, believes that this research may lead to the elimination of root canal treatments in the future. The research was also successful in repairing broken teeth. Additionally, the same research principles may allow for tissue re-generation in the kidneys, heart, and liver in the future.
Lasers are already approved in certain biological processes like stimulating hair growth and skin rejuvenation.
Cutting edge dental procedures now:
Dr. Steven Van Wicklen offers dental procedures such as full mouth restoration, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, cosmetic veneers, and dental implants. To learn more about the future changes in dentistry, ask Dr. Van Wicklen at your next appointment.
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For almost 30 years, The Dental Office of Dr. Steven Van Wicklen has provided expert general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry services to residents and families in Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Bastrop, Bee Cave, Cedar Park, and surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Van Wicklen’s South Austin office at (512) 448-3131.