Possible Use of Aspirin to Regrow Teeth Highlights the Importance of Ongoing Care from Comprehensive and Up-to-Date Dental Providers, says Dr. Farzad Feiz

One of the world’s most common and least expensive medication may have a new use.

Every day, new advances in oral health are being made, but not every new dental product is necessarily appropriate for any given patient.

A September 7 article on BBC News describes new research at Northern Ireland’s Queen’s University in Belfast indicating that aspirin, one of the world’s most common and least expensive medications, may be able to stimulate stem cells and regrow portions of decayed teeth. Los Angeles area dentist Dr. Farzad Feiz of California Dental Group and Calabasas Dental Care says that, while it’s likely to be some time before dentists will be able to avoid the need for filling cavities by simply growing them away with an aspirin-derivative medication, patients will need the help of an experienced and knowledgeable dentist to benefit.

Dr. Feiz notes that every day, new advances in oral health are being made, but not every new dental product is necessarily appropriate for any given patient. The important thing, he says, is to have the assistance of a team of dental professionals who really understand how the latest dental advances and technology should be applied to ensure that patients get the maximum benefit. For example, for patients who are missing teeth due to oral health problems or an accident, a dental implant is now the gold standard replacement because it not only looks and functions just like a real tooth, but because it’s the only type of replacement that actually prevents bone loss related to the loss of the tooth. At the same time, Dr. Feiz points out that there are several types of implant, and a great deal of work goes into making sure that they function properly while providing the patient with a natural looking and attractive replacement. He adds that it takes an expert and experienced dentist to understand the patient’s needs and make the correct choices.

From digital x-rays to new ways of making dental crowns, Dr. Feiz notes that the dental field is changing rapidly but only an experienced dentist can be relied on to understand how to employ those changes. Whether patients need a root canal, a cavity filled, or just a regular exam and teeth cleaning to stop…

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