Seeing the Future of Dental Care

Valley Cosmetic dentistDental care has seen a fast growth of preventive and technological advances, and the advances are picking up speed. It wasn’t too long ago that children were expected to have a lot of cavities. Fluoride treatments helped reduce cavities 40 to 60 percent (according to a Harvard University study reported on Mercola.com).

What can you expect from dental science in the next decade or two? According to the Dear Doctor website, growing teeth in the lab to replace those you lose may not be far off. The natural materials that make up teeth–enamel, dentin and cementum have already been grown in dental labs. “Once you have all the parts of the tooth, the next step is to replace a lost tooth by a lab-grown tooth that matches it exactly,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix dental office.

Nanotechnology, the control of matter on the molecular level will make it possible to control tooth decay and produce near-perfect oral health and the perfectly healthy teeth that result from oral health, according to the Internet Journal of Nanotechnology.

Technology is helping advance dental health, too. CAD/CAM (Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Manufacturing) have already started to produce veneers that will be matched perfectly to your teeth. In a few years, computers may be designing the perfect smile.

Uncoding the human genome has advantages for dental health, too. According to Dear Doctor, “We humans contain approximately 21,000 genes encoded within 23 pairs of chromosomes located within the nucleus of every cell in the body. “ Dental science of the future holds the ability to use saliva tests to determine preventive steps for gum disease and cavities, and one day babies may routinely be vaccinated soon after birth so they will never experience a cavity.

“The history of dentistry is driven by change,” Dr. Ford says, “and as long as we greet loved ones with smiles, we’ll look for ways to develop a sparkling, perfect mouth.”

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