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Will Fillings Still Be Used in the Future?

May 21, 2017
Posted By: Nick Schulte, DDS
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As dentistry evolves our materials change and improve. We have the ability to restore an entire tooth structure from the root on up to the crown of the tooth, thanks to the advancements of implant dentistry. It seems that in the future we may even acquire the ability to regenerate your tooth, which would eliminate the need for dental fillings. Here's some more on this exciting new development.

What is a Dental Filling?

When decay destroys the enamel of your tooth, it eats down into the next layer called dentin. At this point your dentist would typically need to clean that decay out of your tooth and fill in the hole that is left with a dental filling. The material we use to repair your tooth is called composite resin. It's an aesthetically pleasing, yet durable material that is directly bonded to your tooth. This type of filling typically lasts 7-10 years before it needs to be replaced. 

A New and Natural Tooth Repair Method

Researchers are working on a new method of repairing teeth by using an Alzheimer's drug to stimulate regeneration of living stem cells within your tooth. This has many exciting implications! 1) If dentin can be stimulated to regrow, we would have a completely natural way to repair teeth damaged by cavities. It would eliminate the need for introducing any foreign materials into your tooth. 2) Since this drug is already in use for neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's, this type of treatment could rapidly be available for use in dental offices. There would be no need to wait on testing of this drug for distribution.

Contact Our St. Paul MN Dental Clinic

Advancements are always exciting, and at Brimhall Dentistry we like to keep our patients abreast of the exciting possibilities that science is always working on! We look forward to sharing more information with you as it becomes available, and perhaps we'll get to share this exciting new technology with you in the very near future.

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