Artificial Tooth Enamel Prevents Cavities and Tooth Decay
Success! It is official; artificial tooth enamel has been manufactured by researchers in Japan. Say farewell to cavities, decaying teeth, and yellowing smiles. Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman do not have access to this technology here in Denver, CO yet as it is still going through approval, but the technology presents an exciting and positive future.
Shigeki Hontsu, a professor at Kinki University’s Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology in Japan, says this can be applied over existing teeth, and can prevent decay, making teeth appear whiter or even lessen the sensation of sensitive teeth.
The artificial enamel is made out of hydroxyapatite, which allows for flexibility and durability. “This is the world’s first flexible apatite sheet, which we hope to use to protect teeth and repair damaged enamel,” states Hontsu. “Dentists used to think an all-apatite sheet was just a dream, but we are aiming to create artificial enamel.”
The technology has not yet been implemented in regular dental practices like here at Periodontal Associates, and it may be another 5 years before this is approved and perfected. It is a highly anticipated product as it will cover the exposed dentin, which causes sensitive teeth, but it can also be used for cosmetic purposes. Currently, the film is transparent, but the researchers hope to make it white in color to help safely whiten teeth.
“The moment you put it on a tooth surface, it becomes invisible. You can barely see it if you examine it under a light,” confirmed Hontsu.
When created, the researchers were able to make it as then as 0.00016 inches with lasers in order to make it a comfortable and unnoticeable fit for the patient. The one problem with making and applying this product is the time it takes to adhere to a tooth. It takes almost a full day for the film to stick firmly.
Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman pride themselves on staying updated on the latest research and technology so whenever this artificial enamel is available, Periodontal Associates will know about it. For now, be sure to schedule your bi-annual cleanings for deep periodontal scaling. These cleanings and check-ups can also help decrease tooth decay, decrease teeth sensitivity, and prevent staining. For more information, please visit our website at www.periodontalhealth.com. We are located in Aurora, CO and serve patients all around the Denver metro area. Call Periodontal Associates at (303) 755-4500 for any questions or to schedule a free dental implant consultation.