Gum disease sufferers could soon have a new treatment carried out to help restore their gums.
A breakthrough treatment is under development that could help sufferers of periodontal disease.
Research carried out by Professor Saso Ivanovski at Brisbane’s Griffith University has shown that harvested cells surrounding from ligaments around the teeth of sufferers can be used to regenerate lost tissue, ABC News reported.
Professor Ivanovski said: “It’s really addressing the after-effects of the disease rather than the treatment as such – so in effect, you are reversing the effects of the disease.”
He noted that one in ten sufferers of gum disease end up losing teeth and this treatment could be one way of addressing this statistic.
Elsewhere, dental surgeons in the US are pioneering a treatment which entails a small laser being used to kill bacteria in the mouth, while stimulating recovery in healthy tissue in order to tackle gum disease.
Periodontist Dr Robert Yu claimed the surgery is relatively straightforward and the treatment can help dramatically reduce the impact of gum disease on an individual’s health.