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Teeth Are Fun: Extractions Are The Way To Go When A Tooth Has To Go

We don’t like teeth extractions any more than our patients do, but sometimes it’s the right course of action – especially if a tooth is broken or too badly decayed to repair. And an extraction is a cure for the pain and infection that you may have. Learn what we can do for you during your free oral health consultation with Brighton Dental in San Diego. Call (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: If Your Teeth Are Damaged, Learn About Safe, Simple Veneers

Dental veneers can make a dramatic cosmetic improvement in damaged teeth, teeth with gaps and teeth with discolorations – and you don’t have to lose much natural tooth in the process, meaning your teeth stay real and look really good. Learn more during your FREE oral health consultation provided by Brighton Dental San Diego. Call (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Scrubbing Away Bacteria Is The Point, You Know

Dentists talk about brushing and flossing a lot, but it’s easy to forget the purpose: to get rid of bacteria and debris that can cause tooth decay – not just to make your teeth feel squeaky clean. But you can’t reach everything. For a free oral health consultation to see what it will take to get your teeth truly clean and working right for you, call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Bright White Teeth Can Get Your More Attention

Most people’s teeth are naturally a bit yellowish, but there’s no doubt that bright white teeth can get you attention – from potential dates to future employers and many others. If you like attention, contact Brighton Dental San Diego at (619) 359-6569 for a FREE oral health consultation.

Teeth Are Fun: A Cavity Doesn’t Mean A Tooth Is A Goner

Treating a cavity as early as possible means preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible – and getting to keep that tooth longer, perhaps for a lifetime. Waiting could mean losing it sooner rather than later. For a free oral health consultation to see where you stand, call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: An Old Toothbrush Is A Dirty, Ineffective One

The bristles of your toothbrush wear down over time, becoming less effective. Plus, bacteria that you can never really wash away is harbored in all the little nooks and crannies of an old toothbrush. So replace your toothbrush and use it often, floss twice a day and call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation.

Teeth Are Fun: Stress Grinding Can Do Serious Damage!

Grinding your teeth from stress, a jaw injury or alignment issues can cause a world of problems, including teeth and jaw damage — and intense pain. A night guard is one solution that can help. To see what can be done in your situation, contact Brighton Dental San Diego now at (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation.

Teeth Are Fun: Teeth Can’t Really Be Replaced, But…

For every dental health situation, there’s a solution. If you’ve been neglecting your teeth so long that dentures are necessary, we can help with those – or modern dental implants and implant-supported dentures. There’s a world of options available, and it all starts by calling Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation.

Biomimetic Dentistry: History and Overview

biomimetically restored teethHistory of Biomimetic Materials

The word “biomimetics” was introduced in the 1950s by Otto Schmidt. Crude dental implants have been in existence since the first and second century AD, and the Chinese have used dental amalgam in treating decayed teeth since 659 AD. In the 20th century, the invention of knee joint replacement and artificial heart valves contributed to the development of biomimetic medicine. Since then, surgical reconstruction has been used to treat accidental organ and tissue loss.

The Principles of Biomimetic Dentistry

Biomimetics aims to restore the hard tissues to the teeth in order to ensure full functionality. However, no biomaterial exists that possess the same physical, optical and mechanical features as those of natural tooth structures. Therefore, biomimetic restoration uses materials with properties that are close to the tooth structure.

Composites are preferred over amalgam because they require little preparation, minimize the risk of tooth fractures, and reduce pulpal involvement. Another good biomimetic material is Glass ionomer cement which is used as lining and restorative material for various cavities. Biodentine is also another option that can be used instead of GIC.

Biomimetic Approaches for Regeneration

Below are some of the regenerative techniques that have been developed based on biomimetic approaches.

  1. Root canal revascularization

In this technique, the aim is usually to influence and facilitate the revascularization of the extracted necrotic tooth, which ensures the life of the tooth. In this procedure, regeneration occurs by your own blood cells, thereby reducing the risk of pathogen transmission and immune rejection.

  1. Stem cell therapy

This is an advanced technique that can be used to treat degenerated tissues. In this procedure, stem cells are administered into the affected root canal system. Different stem cells can be used in this treatment, and one the most common is the dental pulp stem cells. Other common cells are those that are derived from human exfoliated deciduous teeth (SHED) which have a high proliferation rate.

  1. Gene therapy

This is a technique of inducing mineralization by delivering mineralizing genes into pulp tissue. The genes can either have viral vectors (retrovirus, adenovirus, and lentivirus) or non-viral vectors (plasmids, gene guns, sonoporation, and peptides)

  1. Pulp implantation

This technique involves generating pulp tissue in the laboratory through tissue engineering process, then transplanting it into the root canal system. Researchers have proven that dental pulp-like tissue can be developed using a mix of dentin matrix protein I, dental pulp stem cells, and a collagen scaffold.

  1. Injectable scaffold theory

There are many injectable biomaterials, but in tissue engineering, hydrogels are most preferred. They are noninvasive, easy to deliver using a syringe and enhance pulp regeneration by creating a substrate for cell proliferation.

  1. Artificial salivary gland development

A dry mouth is a common occurrence among patients whose salivary glands have been damaged by radiotherapy, diseases or other forms of treatments. This makes it hard to speak, chew, or swallow. Luckily, this condition can be rectified through artificial salivary glands. Doctors use adult embryonic stem cells to develop parenchymal cells and regenerate salivary gland, restoring its secretory functions.

Application of Biomimetic Techniques in Oral Surgery

There have been attempts to use biomimetic methods in oral and maxillofacial surgery. In particular, multipotent stem cells have been utilized in engineering human-shaped temporomandibular joints.

To make an appointment with Dr. Woods, for a free biomimetic dental consultation, call 619-359-6569

Teeth Are Fun: Yellow Teeth Aren’t Necessarily Unhealthy

The dentin inside healthy teeth is slightly yellowish, and some of it shows through. As you age and enamel gets thinner, more of it may show through, meaning teeth can naturally yellow as the years pass by. If that’s no OK with you, that’s fine. Contact Brighton Dental San Diego at (619) 359-6569 for a free oral health consultation, and we can talk about teeth whitening too.