Dr Patel is a principal of Chrysalis dental practice in Watford and Bedford, Dr Patel holds a primary qualification in Dental Law and a PG Cert in Education both from Bedfordshire University. He is also an accredited Mentor for the Association of Dental Implantology.Dr Patel has been awarded as course director for Implantology at Warwick University. He is also the Surgical Module lead for Block grafting, Sinus grafting and Soft Tissue grafting for the Master’s students.
Here some new and upcoming gadgets, techniques, and research that could change your tooth care forever
Toothscan is a futuristic, smart device let you monitor and analyse the health of your teeth at home. The toothbrush-like gadget uses spectroscopy technology, projecting a light beam onto the surface of your teeth and receiving the light reflected back. Special software then measures and interprets the reflections, diagnosing areas that need attention.
A new EAER device from Reminova could mean an end to drills, injections and fillings. The device rebuilds the tooth by boosting its ability to repair itself naturally by accelerating the process of calcium and phosphate minerals re-entering the tooth and “re-mineralising” it.
3D printing is quickly becoming a practical manufacturing process. There are all sorts of things that can be 3D printed, from working cars to spectacle frames. But researchers in Iran are developing a technique that could mean you get your new crown in minutes instead of days or weeks.The technique is called rapid prototyping and combines medical imaging with computer-aided design. Using this your dentist will be able to build a perfect replica of your tooth out of biocompatible composite material. It will probably be a few years before you see the technology in action.
New research is being looked into the regrowth of human teeth. Scientists hope that by finding the right biological triggers, humans may one day be able to grow new teeth to replace rotten or worn out ones. Teeth have already been grown in petri dishes, with students at the University of Texas managing to grow parts of teeth in their laboratories. The prospect of making teeth regrow where an old one is missing relies on triggering cells still in the mouth to regrow teeth. First, scientists will have to find the genes and proteins that regulate the tooth growth process. Perhaps by 2040 you’ll be able to visit your dentist for regrowth treatment. Until then there’s always dental implants.