At Sunnyside Dentistry, your friendly dentist in Clackamas, we want all of our patients to enjoy the very best oral health possible. Dentistry has made remarkable advances in recent years that promise to revolutionize how we’ll be able to treat patients in the future. Here at the Dentist in Clackams Blog, we occasionally like to highlight some of the most exciting new treatments that researchers are currently working on to improve oral health.
One such breakthrough: researchers have developed sub-micron silica particles used to deliver compounds that help to restore damaged teeth to health and can protect teeth from suffering future damage as well.
The results to this study were published in the Journal of Dentistry.
Dentist in Clackamas – Exciting New Breakthrough
With the research goal of preventing the pain associated with sensitive teeth, and to promote and strengthen enamel growth, researchers began their study in hopes of finding a means to make teeth more resilient.
Dentin, the delicate interior of our teeth, consists of microscopic holes, which serve at the entrances to tubules that run through to the nerve of our teeth. When the outer enamel that protects the dentin inside of our teeth becomes crack, chipped or broken, the resulting breach exposes these tubules to outside bacteria and stimuli. That’s why if you drink something cold you can feel the sensitivity in your teeth because these tubules carry sensation directly to the nerve center of each tooth.
Previous research to identify a substance that would allow tooth enamel and dentine to be repaired had included combinations of bioactive glass and carbonate-hydroxypatite nanocrystals, but they proved unsuccessful in penetrating tooth enamel.
However, the latest attempt by researchers has discovered that silica particles treated with a special coating could successfully penetrate tooth enamel in laboratory experiments. The expectation researchers have for the compound is to enter teeth and strengthen the compounds that create tooth enamel and dentin, so particles could work like seeds that help promote the growth of teeth and close any cracks or crevices that decay had caused in the exterior of a tooth.
The size of the silica particles used by researchers come in a range of sizes, from nanometer to submicron, without altering the particles porousness, according to researchers at the University of Birmingham where the study was conducted. This makes those particles ideal for the delivery of both calcium based compounds needed to restore teeth and the antibacterial compounds needed to protect them from future damage. With the results of this latest study behind them, researchers feel confident they can move one step closer to developing a delivery system in the future capable of naturally restoring an individual’s oral health.
Dentist in Clackamas – Protect Your Oral Health
While this exciting breakthrough promises to change the way our teeth age over time, it’s still important to reduce the effects of decay on your oral health. To protect your teeth from the tooth decay and gum disease, it’s important to brush at least twice a day and to floss daily. Patients also need to schedule regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Hikade to protect their oral health now and in the future.