Posted October 27, 2018 05:23:52The cure for tooth pain is in the works, but for many of us it may not be a quick fix.
A new research paper, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, has revealed that dental bone is a key organ in the human body and, at least in the teeth, has been the focus of research for decades.
The paper, which is co-authored by University of Michigan researchers and is the first to examine the function of the tooth’s bone, is the culmination of years of research by Dr. Michael C. Guglielmi and colleagues, and they have already revealed that, for many people, the bone does play an important role in maintaining teeth and supporting their integrity.
“I don’t think there is a cure for all problems,” said Dr. Gugaillmi.
“For some of us, bone is the final, critical piece of our teeth.
We can use our teeth to protect and nourish our bones.”
The research team analyzed dental samples from more than 1,000 patients who had experienced tooth pain and concluded that the most common bone-related condition was gum disease.
They also identified a few other conditions that could cause bone to weaken or fracture.
But for most patients, the cause of the pain is unknown.
Dr. Gugelielmias team also found that for patients with cavities or other structural abnormalities, bone can be the key to a cure.
“Our study shows that even though we don’t know the cause, it may be possible to treat the problem through a combination of surgery and bone grafts,” Dr. Gabriella Zellers, one of the study’s co-authors, told ABC News.
“It could be that surgery to fix the tooth is a last resort, or a long-term treatment that is not available right now,” Dr Gugaili said.
“Or it could be a combination surgery and a bone graft that is available.”
Gugliels team is still in the early stages of research, but said that the results could lead to new treatments for people with severe osteoarthritis of the knee, for example.
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A:Dr. David J. Schoenfeld, a professor of dentistry at the University of California at San Diego, is one of many researchers looking at the role of the bone in our health.
He told ABCNews.com he thinks there are some things we can learn from this study.
“This is an exciting paper,” Dr Schoenfield said.
“[It] opens up a new way to understand what’s going on in our bodies and the relationship between bone and bone, and what we can do to change the health of our bodies.”
For some people, Dr. Schenfeld said, surgery could help.
“We think it’s a really promising approach,” he said.
But for those who have a problem with their teeth, Dr Guglini said it may take years for the next generation of researchers to fully understand the impact of the process on their health.
“Some people will have a really difficult time getting to the root of what’s causing the problem,” he told ABC.com.
“In my opinion, the more research we do, the better.”ABC News’ Jodi Hildebrand and Marlene A. Wertheim contributed to this report.