[quote]Professor X wrote:
Hey PX… what’s new and exciting in the world of dentistry? With all the advances in medicine how do you see the future of your profession?
They’re talking about regrowing organs thru stem cells on Oprah, any chance of something like that with teeth.
I try to keep good care of my teeth, but damn if I don’t have a lot of cavities that have been filled (and 1 root canal as you may remember).
I don’t look forward to my later years and needing all out dentures, any good news for those that aren’t “old” yet?
obviously prevention is a good idea
One of the professors in my university was working on a research project with the goal or trying to regrow enamel. To my knowledge it is still ongoing and nothing has panned out…but I am sure in the future it will be possible.
As of right now, the biggest change is that many docs no longer even use amalgam (metal fillings) as many now use composite (tooth colored) material instead.
Other advancements would simply include how things are done and even the anesthetic used. All of the x-rays in my clinic are now digital which means far less radiation than regular x-rays along with being able to see details that you can not see in a small film. That makes diagnosis easier and also we can pick out problems long before they become real issues as they would if we were still using regular films.
As far as holding onto your teeth, quit drinking sodas. I drink mostly green tea and water now. I may have a rootbeer every now and then, but I have quit even buying sodas unless I am out of choices.
Get regular checkups. I get patients all of the time apparently surprised that they have cavities…even though the last time they saw a dentist was 1982.
DO NOT USE A MEDIUM OR HARD BRISTLE TOOTHBRUSH. Use a soft toothbrush or (like I usually recommend) buy one of those spin brushes or the Sonicair. You can damage the enamel on your teeth by brushing too hard.
If you lift weights, you may also grind your teeth…which may require a nightguard to protect your teeth in the long run.
If I think of more I’ll post it.[/quote]
In Canada, dentists advocating replacing amalgam fillings with composite can lose their licenses. The link between mercury toxicity and amalgam fillings has not been embraced by the powers that be.
Or perhaps, not yet.