Some very interesting scientific papers have been published recently. Researchers have reported development of a membrane that helps periodontal tissue regenerate when implanted into the gum of rats.
Though this has only proven to be successful so far on rats, that is how many of the medical developments of the past centuries have first come.
Needless to say, this is amazing news for the dental community as well as the aesthetic dental community. This kind of new technology could end up at the forefront of dentistry aimed at improving the appearance of the gums and teeth.
What is periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory periodontal disease affecting the tissue that supports the placement and straightness of the teeth.
Engineers are now working on making periodontal membranes that they use to regenerate tissue that has been lost due to periodontal issues.
This is very big news – it means rather than using implants and other types of artificial cosmetics, we may be on our way to regenerating the actual gums of patients suffering from these issues.
What is a periodontal membrane?
According to encyclopedia Britannica, a Periodontal Membrane is a bit of fleshy tissue between the tooth and its socket. It is a tooth supporting tissue. The membrane holds the tooth in place and attaches to the adjacent teeth, strengthening it during chewing and just in general.
These membranes are nothing new. They come with our teeth by default the minute we’re born, but they naturally wear away and get weaker as we age. It is something that cannot be totally prevented in any circumstance.
The issue with the current periodontal membranes is the lack of regenerative properties.
These new engineered membranes, through the miracles of modern science, promoted the regeneration and adhesion of proteins and cells that are good for the gums and help them heal.
Needless to say, there are some amazing things coming in the world of dental. We would love to cover them all for you. Follow along with our blog for more developments.
Thanks for reading.