The National Research Council is set to release its report on the treatment of tooth loss. 

This is a rare opportunity to get a sense of how tooth loss is treated across the country, and to understand how new approaches can be developed. 

We can all benefit from knowing how our own teeth work, said study leader and NRC Chair Dr. Julie Lutz, Ph.

D. “Understanding the nature of the root, the different parts that come in contact with the tooth, and the different types of healing are critical for effective treatments.”

Dr. Lutz noted that while it is impossible to completely cure tooth loss, there are a number of treatments that can be used to ease the pain and to improve the quality of life. 

They include the use of root extraction, the implantation of a root-like implant, and tooth implants.

The NRC will be releasing its final report in January 2018, and is expected to publish recommendations for a wide range of dentistry practices, dentists, denture makers, dentures, dental implants, and dental therapists.

The new study focuses on the application of a new implant technique, a new technique to treat tooth loss that uses a gel made from human hair, to treat a type of tooth damage called root enamel erosion. 

Dr. David Schaffer, a former research fellow at the NRC who now heads the Center for Applied Biological Therapeutics, has led the development of this new treatment for the past 10 years. 

He and his colleagues are working to create an implant that mimics the natural movement of teeth as they chew. 

The gel-based implant, which has not yet been evaluated for safety, is currently in clinical trials. 

Schaffer said the research will also look at how to treat patients who have tooth pain and tooth erosion.

The researchers also will study the efficacy of root-derived toothpastes and a new oral health product that is also made from hair and could be used in dentures. 

There are a lot of things we know that we need to know, but we don’t know what is the best way to use the information,” Schaffer said. 

While there are no specific indications for using root-based therapies, Schaffer and his team hope to use their study to educate the dental community on how to prepare for this time of change in the dental field. 

According to the Narrow Paths Center for Advanced Dental Research at the University of Texas, Dallas, a tooth implant can be an effective alternative to traditional dental care for treating root loss and erosion.

Dr. Julie M. Schaffer is Chair of the Department of Oral Health Sciences at the Center of Applied Biological Therapy, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. 

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