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Lasers to grow back your teeth?

Scientific research sees possibility of tooth regeneration
 
Winter Park Family Dentistry and Prosthodontics spokesperson points to promising research using low ­power lasers.
 
Orlando, FL — Lasers may soon make possible the regeneration of tooth material in living
teeth, says Dr. Ramzi Matar of Winter Park Family Dentistry and Prosthodontics, PA, one
of Orlando’s leading dental practices.
 
He and his fellow dentists are closely monitoring what could become an exciting new
option in dentistry.
 
A study published May 28, 2014 in the journal Science Translational Medicine notes that
a Harvard ­led research team has been able to use low ­power lasers to trigger the growth
of tooth dentin, the primary component of teeth. Under certain conditions, laser light
appears to stimulate biological pathways in stem cells which could potentially result in the
ability to regenerate tooth material lost to decay or other causes.  
 
Clinical trials are now taking place involving humans, to see if the research can produce a
viable alternative to current tooth restoration procedures.
 
“At present we use synthetic materials for fillings and replacement teeth,” notes Dr. Matar.
“But this could allow restorative work to be done in a much more natural way, with more
aesthetic results—and right in the patient’s mouth.”  This type of research could pioneer
our profession and should peak the interest of our profession.
 
Low ­power lasers have likewise been shown to stimulate skin and hair growth.
“If this new procedure is perfected and approved your dentist will be able to advise you of
its suitability in each individual case,” says Dr. Matar.
 
Winter Park Family Dentistry and Prosthodontics, PA is a group dental practice which has
been providing family dentistry and prosthodontic specialty care to central Florida for 37
years. Its professional staff includes board certified prosthodontist Jon S. Wilkins,
DDS, MSD,  Malcolm Hawley DDS, and Dr. Ramzi Matar DMD.
 
To contact the dental practice or to learn more about their full range of services visit them
online at http://www.winterparkfamilydental.com,  call/text 407-473-1118 or email Dr Matar
directly at ramzidmd@gmail.com