Is it Possible to Heal Our Teeth?

Although our teeth are living parts of our body, it does not heal like our skin. Many cosmetic dentistry scientists continue researching ways to help regrow damaged teeth cells. In this article, Torbram Dental and Arosha Weerakoon, a lecturer and Ph.D. student at the University of Queensland, explore one such breakthrough discovery. (Source: The Conversation, Can we health teeth? The quest to repair tooth enamel, nature’s crystal coat, Arosha Weerakoon, General Dentist & PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland, September 5, 2019, ).


Understanding tooth enamel

Arosha Weerakoon starts by explaining what tooth enamel is and why it is vital for human teeth. Torbram Dental adds, “The protective enamel layer of the teeth is the first line of defence. It safeguards our teeth against any dental issue or trauma. It is also what many cosmetic dentistry practitioners strive to recreate.”

Arosha Weerakoon shows the tooth’s structure with a diagram and also shares why recreating enamel is difficult. Arosha Weerakoon describes how the enamel is made up of crystal strands that are arranged in a complicated geometric pattern. They look like spaghetti that are layered over each other at a 60-degree angle. And creating this honeycomb structure of inter-rods and rods is not possible naturally. Dental T reiterates, “Since the cells that make enamel do not survive after the eruption of teeth from the gums, there is no natural method for enamel to heal.”

Decoding erosion of enamel

Arosha Weerakoon clarifies the brittle manner of tooth enamel, which leads to erosion and chipping. While explaining the effect of acid on our teeth, Arosha Weerakoon talks about the way our saliva buffers to neutralize acid attacks and the importance of dental cleaning after acid reflux. Torbram Dental adds, “While trying to neutralize the acidity that comes to our mouth during acid reflux, our saliva takes minerals from our teeth’ enamel. This is in instances where it runs out of its own mineral supply. This causes enamel erosion and makes our teeth uneven.”

However, Arosha Weerakoon suggests that there are ways enamel erosion can be controlled. Maintaining a balanced diet, regular dental cleaning, a good oral care routine, and getting cosmetic dentistry treatments in case of an accident help immensely! Torbram Dental agrees, “Yes! Avoiding food items like energy drinks, sports drinks, wine, sour candies, fruit juices, and carbonated drinks really keeps the acid levels down.”

“Disciplined visit to the dentist and at-home dental cleaning is a must to protect your pearly whites,” they add.

Is regrowth of enamel possible?

Arosha Weerakoon shares that in the article’s study, research scientists invented a gel-like substance that contains a cluster of ions of calcium phosphate mixed with TEA (triethylamine). When applied to an eroded extracted tooth and kept in a human mouth-like simulation, this mixture showed a promising regrowth of enamel crystals.

Torbram Dental agrees this is a reason to celebrate. “Even if observed at a microscopic level, the effect of the gel being able to facilitate the exact honeycomb weave in the crystal growth is pathbreaking!”

However, they also raise a caution, “But this experiment was done on an extracted tooth. So, we do not know about the toxicity levels of the gel that is formulated.”

“Nevertheless, since animals and eventually human trials are planned in the future, we can hope for a solution soon,” Torbram Dental concludes.


It may be a microscopic growth of enamel, but the study is promising. Both Arosha Weerakoon and Torbram Dental agree that even this tiny hope is enough. Soon there may be a day we will not need tooth extractions or fillings, which is a big reason to be excited!

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