Your teeth are the only part of your body that cannot repair itself.
Repairing means that the part that was lost is replaced or is regrowing and teeth cannot do that.
By delaying treatment, damage or cavities can get bigger or deeper.
The types of damage that teeth can have include: * Chipped teeth * Broken teeth * Cracked teeth * Cavities
If your dentist has advised you that you have any of these then it will not go away by itself, it will need to be repaired.
THE REASON IT WON'T HAPPEN
Your body depends on cells to heal itself, cells are the building blocks that start the healing process in our bodies. Tooth enamel consists of 90% minerals, there is no protein or cells to start the healing process.
There are some cells at the base of the tooth were the nerve starts, but this is not the section of tooth that gets cavities or is broken or chipped.
Some minor decay in the surface of teeth can be repaired using remineralisation. Your body uses calcium and phosphate minerals in your salvia to deposit in your enamel making it stronger and potentially repair it. For any damage that this is possible for, we usually watch it between check-ups to ensure that things are getting better, not worse.
This is also why we apply fluoride twice a year to ensure the strongest enamel possible.
SOONER RATHER THAN LATER
We arrange dental check-ups every 6 months - this allows us to find any damage early before you are even aware of it starting.
The longer you leave treating tooth decay, the worse it will get.
If left untreated for too long it can lead to more damage to the original tooth, more time and more money for more complicated dental treatments, it can lead to infections, pain and even to tooth loss.
Untreated teeth will only continue to "rot" from bad bacteria that live in our mouths
FUTURE OF SELF TOOTH REPAIR
Research is currently being undertaken for substances that can aid self-repair of teeth.
For instance, Tideglusib is an example of an experimental drug that is used to stimulate the production of dentin.
The hope is that the stimulated dentin can be placed into a cleaned out cavity to allow the tooth to start repairing itself integrating with the existing tooth enamel and restoring the tooth back to it's original state of health.
UNPLANNED DENTAL DAMAGE
Most people don't anticipate dental treatment, but when it is needed it is important not to delay.
We have several payment plan options to help many of our patients budget for necessary dental treatments.
For amounts upto $2,000 * Afterpay * Humm Little Things
For amounts greater than $2,000 * National Dental Plan * Humm Big Things * Latitude Finance
You can also access your super savings via - Super Care for essential dental treatments
For more information of any of these payment plans please send us a message or call us on 3378 0033
If you are putting off going to the dentist and want to sort it out now! Contact us to arrange an appointment.