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Regrowing Dental Bone – Is it possible?

By Dave / November 21, 2007

Questions from Mary:

1. Is there an advantage for older patients to use products that remineralize the surface of the teeth such as ProNamel, Oravive, Recaldent or products with NovaMin? Is it possible to remineralize the teeth?

2. Is it possible to partially re-grow dental bone that has been lost due to periodontal disease, age, and orthodontia as an adult? Will ultrasonic massage of the gum help (recent research in Canada)? Supplements? Exercises?

Hi Mary,

Sensodyne’s ProNamel is designed to protect the teeth from erosion.

Can it reharden or remineralize the teeth? Since it contains flouride, just like many mouth rinses and toothpastes, yes it can. However, I would prefer to eat hard cheese, so that the calcium can remineralize the tooth enamel.

This was shown to be the case in a study in Israel on tooth enamel: Eating hard cheese may remineralize the teeth.

Having said that, I am not against products that contain fluoride and I use plenty of them myself. I use every method I can to help my teeth and gums stay healthy. I use toothpaste and mouth rinses that contain fluoride.

As mentioned a moment ago, I also eat hard cheese.

Oravive is a product manufactured by a Chinese company. It contains Novamin. As a personal preference, I avoid health products from China and not because of the recent toy scare in the news. Instead, I see China as a very unregulated economy.

The controls and regulations that come from a mature economy are scarce there. I am leery of most things produced in China – especially health related products.

[As a side note: China has an extensive network of forced labor concentration camps and they persecute a lot of people there – One case in example. I also morally object to the current regime in China which is a one party government regime called the Chinese Communist Party. You can read about them at ninecommentaries.com]

Aside from human rights issues: Since the main studies quoted on oravive were conducted in China – I’m afraid I lack the trust necessary for me to even test the product on myself.

In addition, Oravive appears to be a relatively new product and I don’t see much information about it with the FDA.

Novamin has some studies listed out there. Most are on the reduction of sensitivity in tooth enamel. One study that I found was done on Novamin’s ability to remineralize a surface lesion on a tooth:

Here is that study.

It looks promising. And it also sounds like there is a good chance that it can be helpful at remineralizing the surface of a person’s teeth.

I’m sure the mainstream dental professionals are not sold on it yet and it will probably be some time before they are.

There are other products besides Oravive that use Novamin.

Again, it sounds promising

Novamin contains more than just calcium. It also contains phosphorus, silica, and sodium. Novamin claims that it is the combination of these items that allows for the remineralization to occur.

If Novamin catches on, it will probably show up in a lot of dental products.


Here is a pub med study on Recaldent: PMID: 17458057 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

The study notes a decrease in sensitivity for patients. And they suggest that this is due to the remineralization of the bone.

Is it possible to remineralize the teeth?

Of course it is. As mentioned above, I prefer to use hard cheese to achieve this goal and help me to avoid cavities. Generally, you’ll be hard pressed to find a dentist who will volunteer the information that hard cheese can harden tooth enamel. They are loathe to admit it for some reason. But, if you ask one, and he happens to know about it, he may tell you the truth.

Is it possible to partially regrow dental bone:

Mary, the official answer is still: not without periodontal surgery.

Is it possible to do it without surgery? I believe it may be and I also believe that one day, possibly soon, it will be done and accepted by the mainstream. But, my beliefs are meaningless at this time.

The official answer to regrowing dental bone is sadly – no. The answer that mainstream dentistry offers is periodontal surgery with the insertion of synthetic or human donor bone matrix. This has limited results, but it is better than nothing.

This is primarily for the bones that hold up the gums. If you intend to regrow teeth or regrow bone in the jaw – there is nothing I know of that is currently being used to regrow a tooth. And there is nothing i’m currently aware of to regrow part of a jaw either.

At this time, there is no commonly accepted way to regrow the bone other than mentioned above. The mainstream dental professionals are not aware of any way to restore the bone that holds up your gums any other way than through gum surgery with insertion of a matrix.

Could there be a method unknown to the mainstream dental establishment? Sure, why not?

I’ve heard rumours of using electricity to do so. I’m sure someone is researching this type of thing. For all practical purposes, the answer is currently ‘no’.

If anyone reading this knows otherwise and wishes to take the time to correct me, please comment below. I don’t know everything! That is for sure.

Mary – Thank you for your questions!


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Warm Regards,

David Snape
Author: What You Should Know about Gum Disease
Available at http://GingivitisKiller.com

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