*Note - This article was initially published on February 16, 2017.
Science and technology are both evolving rapidly. Often they are both evolving so rapidly that even the savviest people have a difficult time keeping abreast of all the latest developments in each area of science and technology. Not too long ago, my sister had a conversation with me about computer technology, and she made the point that a computer that you buy from a store becomes obsolete by the time that you remove it from its box and get it running. Nevertheless, certain items continue to remain in existence despite that one would think that they would be obsolete by now, and usually it is because of popular demand. Take the example of the manual typewriter. Authors all have their own preferences on how they wish to compose their literary works. When I was watching the movie titled The Magic of Belle Isle in which Morgan Freeman played the role of an author, there was a scene in that movie in which he stressed that he preferred a manual typewriter because of the feeling that he got from using it. He added that he also liked the sound of it. Interestingly enough, nobody ever has to go on a wild goose chase to find a replacement part for a typewriter, manual or electric, whenever it is on the fritz and they have to take it somewhere to get it fixed. On the other hand, authors who use computers are always confronted with the dreaded fate of their computer running into software and hardware problems after replacement parts that they later need for it have stopped being manufactured. Certain photographers will stress that pictures just don’t look natural unless they are taken with a camera that uses real film rather than digital technology.
I remember back in the 1990s right after I had been in the Northridge earthquake out in California, I became concerned about whether my records had been damaged. However, when I asked all my relatives nearby if I could use their record players to check them for scratches, they told me that they were out of order and that they didn’t know where I could buy one either. Unfortunately, I did not own a record player at the time. When I had initially bought these records, I had used my parents’ record player to play them. However, because my parents were living clear back on the East Coast, I no longer had that option after I had moved out to California. Anyhow, I phoned just about every store in West Los Angeles and Santa Monica that I could think of to ask whether they sold record players, and they all told me that they no longer did so inasmuch as everyone was buying CDs by then and almost nobody was selling regular vinyl records. Ironically, not too many years later, record players began appearing in sales magazines that I received in the mail, and eventually regular stores began selling them again because of the popular demand for them. Then, shortly thereafter, vinyl records began making a comeback to the market. By the way, I eventually checked my records for scratches after I was eventually able to buy a record player of my own that allowed me to listen to them, and it turned out that the earthquake had not damaged them in any manner.
Manual typewriters, regular camera film, vinyl records, and record players all four have become such a regular part of American pop culture that not even the rapid evolution of science and technology will ever completely phase them out. Americans have grown too attached to these items, because they have a certain charm about them. On the other hand, whenever anyone hears the mention of dentures or any kind of prosthetic teeth, angry faces appear everywhere. The fact of the matter is that most people hate the idea of having such phony baloney materials in their mouth at all times. Most people feel that dentures and false teeth are completely below them, because they are unattractive and they are often associated with getting old. Then again, most elderly individuals would prefer to have their own natural teeth than a mouth full of false teeth.
Dentures and false teeth are just not really anybody’s cup of tea. They’re expensive, and they’re a pain in the neck to have in your mouth. Prosthetic dental implants may seem closer in appearance to natural teeth, but they are still expensive and they involve a certain degree of unwanted risks. Fillings, crowns, caps, and bridges may not get as many dirty looks from the public at large, but the high costs of having them placed in your mouth still makes them not so popular. Then many of us ask ourselves why do these abominations of dentistry continue to exist if computer technology is evolving too rapidly for people to keep up with it. Shouldn’t dental technology be evolving just as quickly as computer technology?
The Microsoft Corporation had the Windows 8 system on the market for a very short time inasmuch as the Windows 10 system was invented shortly after the Windows 8 system became publicly available. One would think that if computer technology evolves that quickly, even dental floss would have been phased out years ago and we would now be using some kind of small, handheld rod with some kind of sterilization light at the end of it to eliminate plaque from in between our teeth. When you think about it, floss has to be the most primitive item in existence. The irony of it is that dentists will scream their heads off at their patients on how they must use floss or all their teeth are going to fall out. However, I did not begin using dental floss until I was 10 years old, and all my teeth had not fallen out by then, excluding any of my baby teeth. In fact, I don’t remember getting any cavities the year before then. Therefore, it is apparent that the benefits of flossing are so overrated. And please don’t say that I was lucky. I hate that word “lucky,” because it is so unrealistic. It gives me the image in my mind of someone with a ridiculously big grin on their face saying “You’re so lucky!” in a voice that sounds similar to that of Barney the Purple Dinosaur or some cartoon character. Moreover, I have never been lucky at anything throughout my life. I’ve had to work hard for everything that I’ve gotten throughout my life, and I’ve gone up against many odds along the way. In my world, being lucky is an optical illusion altogether. Anyhow, if you don’t believe my point about dental floss, watch the YouTube video below and it will tell you how certain experts agree that using dental floss is virtually futile to oral hygiene. What is interesting about this same video is that one of the experts states that if you use mouthwash, you don’t need to use dental floss. After watching this same video, you won’t feel subconscious about not flossing at night once in a while whenever you’re so tired that you just want to go straight to bed rather than mess with string, which is what dental floss is.
Evidence That Flossing Is Not Necessary
Back in 2015 when I was temping at a call center and my co-workers and I were in what is called downtime, which is when telephone calls don’t come into a call center for a long period of time, I got into a conversation with a co-worker of mine named India about dental care. During our conversation, I brought up the topic of tooth regeneration. However, despite how intelligent and savvy India was about many things, she told me that she had never heard of tooth regeneration before. I then explained to her exactly what it was. She then asked me whether it was the same thing as dental implants, and I told her that it wasn’t inasmuch as dental implants were still prosthetic teeth whereas tooth regeneration mainly involved the transplant of natural teeth. She then smiled at me and told me that she thought that such a dental procedure seemed like an excellent idea inasmuch as people would prefer to have something real in their mouth rather than something fake. It made me think of that 1968 song by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell titled “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing.” Of course, back then I was not yet aware that you could also refer to tooth regeneration as "stem-cell teeth implants," even though the word "implants" does raise a few eyebrows here and there for people who would prefer real teeth over prosthetic ones.
B. A Description Of Tooth Regeneration And How It All Works
There are basically two different types of tooth regeneration that scientists are attempting to make available to the general public through the dental profession. The first type of tooth regeneration involves the use of an electrical current to remineralize areas of tooth decay. That is, instead of someone going to their dentist to have a decayed section of their tooth cut away and then replaced with a filling, this dental procedure would allow for their dentist to arrest the decay in their tooth and it would also allow for the previously decayed area of the tooth to restore itself back to normal. The YouTube video below provides a description of this same procedure.
A Procedure That Would Reverse The Adverse Effects Of Tooth Decay
The second type of tooth regeneration actually involves growing back a tooth to replace one that has been removed or lost. This procedure entails transplanting some kind of pod into the gums where a tooth is missing and then using stem cells to grow a replacement tooth. Down below are two YouTube videos that describe this same procedure.
Good News For People Who Hate Dentures
A Detailed Description Of What Growing Back Lost Teeth Involves
Both of these tooth regeneration procedures are involving, but they are also very worthwhile. Dr. Jeremy Mao, D.D.S., Ph.D. has already submitted an application on behalf of Columbia University to obtain a patent for these same procedures. Scientists have studied alligator teeth to find out how to make these same procedures possible. Some people may not think that dentists being able to perform either tooth regeneration procedure is as important as scientists finding a permanent cure for AIDS; but because our oral health ties into many other characteristics of our overall health, both tooth regeneration procedures are going to make the world a healthier place to live in.
Both of the above-described tooth regeneration procedures present themselves as the public’s deliverance from the dreaded indignities of prosthetic teeth. However, there is one problem. Neither of these procedures is yet available to the public. People are currently spending a fortune on fillings, caps, bridges, crowns, dentures, and even prosthetic dental implants, and it seems that the light at the end of this dreary tunnel of primitive dentistry looks dimmer than most of us may have expected. However, whenever you research tooth regeneration on the Internet, you will notice that scientists have been working fiercely to perfect this dental phenomenon for years, even over the course of the last two decades. I even recall having listened to a car radio twenty years ago and having heard a report on the news that a group of scientists had grown a natural tooth in a laboratory. I remember getting particularly furious when I read an article on the Internet about tooth regeneration back in 2002, and the person who wrote the article had the audacity to say that she didn’t believe that tooth regeneration would become available to the public through the dental profession for another twenty years; and then she had the nerve to preach about how one, therefore, needed to floss their teeth every morning and every night. If I were able to remember the name of that person who wrote that article, I would e-mail her a link to the previously cited YouTube video about the futility of flossing teeth so that I would have the platinum opportunity to make her eat her own words. Pardon the pun.
People like me who absolutely hate to floss their teeth because of the time and effort involved in it are always interested in knowing the exact date that dentists will begin performing both tooth regeneration procedures on their patients. I even saw a video on YouTube about the future in which the narrator mentioned that tooth regeneration would most likely be available to the public by 2022. However, experts have spoken in different documentaries and news clips as though tooth regeneration could become available to the public any day now. Therefore, here is the question. What is holding up the public availability of both tooth regeneration procedures? Here in the second decade of the twenty-first century, fillings, crowns, caps, bridges, dentures, abutments, and prosthetic dental implants all belong inside a glass-enclosed exhibit in a downtown museum rather than in people’s mouths.
Once you have read the articles to which I have provided you with links herein, you immediately realize that scientists have various hurdles to jump over in making both tooth regeneration procedures available in dental offices throughout the world. It appears that the scientists, including Dr. Mao, who have taken every step to perfect both tooth regeneration procedures and make them safe to perform on humans have done just about everything they can do to make this scientific breakthrough available to everyone. However, there is still this one agency called the United States Food and Drug Administration (“F.D.A.”), and there is obviously other bureaucratic red tape that they have to contend with before both tooth regeneration procedures finally put the dental prosthetics industry out of business once and for all. This is where the politics kick in.
Both tooth regeneration procedures do not involve the use of embryonic stem cells. Therefore, I would have to say that it is safe for me to deduce that Dr. Mao and his colleagues will not get any flak from the Religious Right during their proceedings to make both tooth regeneration procedures available to the public at large. Because many evangelicals live in parts of our country where people consume great amounts of Mountain Dew and lose their teeth regularly as a result, I can be fairly sure that even they will welcome both tooth regeneration procedures to the dental profession. However, I don’t think that I can quite say the same thing about the dental prosthetics industry. These people are dead set on protecting their profits and ensuring their sales revenues at whatever cost to the public.
C. The Corporate Obstacles That Are Delaying The Public Availability Of Tooth Regeneration
When I was just a little kid, I remember this one news report that I saw on television regarding the milk industry. A group of scientists back then had invented some kind of synthetic milk that was less expensive and supposedly just as healthy as real milk. They planned on using it to make ice cream. There was even a little boy in the news report who sampled the ice cream containing the synthetic milk, and he said that he liked it. When I saw this news story, I was not very happy about it inasmuch as I did not like the idea of synthetic foods and beverages eventually replacing natural foods and beverages. Fortunately, the milk industry ran interference against the owner of this product and eventually kept it from ever seeing the light of day on the market. I was happy about it, and so were many other people inasmuch as very few people obviously liked the idea of putting fake stuff in their body. The milk industry did an important favor for the public at large, because such a synthetic product would have likely marked the beginning of both synthetic and genetically modified foods and beverages (GM foods) being placed on the market in large numbers, which, unfortunately, is happening today. In my mind and in the minds of many others, the milk industry had gone up to bat for the public interests. However, truth has it that the milk industry could have just as easily been only defending their own corporate interests, because if the synthetic milk had been released to the market to be used to make ice cream, the milk industry would have suffered serious losses in sales of their own products. After all, the milk industry has always depended greatly on their business relationships with ice cream companies to generate sales revenues for themselves. Of course, the milk industry probably also saw it in their own best interests to let the public go on believing that they had everyone’s best interests at heart when they ran interference against the owner of the synthetic milk product so that they would look like the heroes who protected the masses from the evil clutches of a mad scientist.
This news story regarding synthetic milk and the milk industry’s intervention into the prospect of the synthetic milk’s entry into the market to make ice cream was not the first time that I had seen a news story like this one on television or had heard about events like these. Shortly after I had moved to New York City to work in a public sector position, my landlord, Mrs. Palladino, had a telephone conversation with me about insomnia. In that telephone conversation, she told me that she had read a magazine article back in the 1970s that revealed that a sleeping machine had been invented and that this sleeping machine helped people fall asleep quickly and safely. She explained to me that when the pharmaceutical industry got wind of it and realized how detrimental this sleeping machine would be to their sales of sedatives and tranquilizers if it were ever to get on the market, they zeroed in on the situation and purchased the patent to that sleeping machine so that they could stop it from being placed on the market. After Mrs. Palladino told me about this magazine article, I was extremely appalled by it; and I told her that it was not right for these pharmaceutical companies to do something like that inasmuch as sedatives and tranquilizers can be addictive and harmful to people after their prolonged consumption and the sleeping machine would have given people suffering from insomnia a healthy alternative to ingesting chemicals. Mrs. Palladino then explained to me that the only concern that the pharmaceutical companies had in this whole situation was their sales revenues. According to her, they couldn’t have cared less about the rights and the welfare of the consumer.
What immediately comes to mind is a similar conversation between a friend and me that I described in my article titled “Secular Medicine Saves Lives.” That is, therein I stated that I had told a friend about a permanent cure for allergies that reportedly existed in the People’s Republic of China, and she responded to me that such a permanent cure would likely never be marketed here in the United States of America inasmuch as too many very rich moguls who owned the companies that manufactured antihistamines and other allergy-related medications would stand in its way in order to prevent such a medical breakthrough from jeopardizing their profits and sales revenues. Therefore, it is plain to see that greedy corporate moguls seldom have the public’s best interests at heart here in the land of milk and honey.
When I saw the actor Mark Ruffalo appear on an edition of the HBO series Real Time With Bill Maher not too long ago, Mr. Ruffalo stressed to Bill Maher that this reprehensible kind of conduct among corporate moguls was quite common. Now, I have nothing against the free enterprise system, and I am all for the rule of laissez-faire whenever anyone wishes to conduct business here in the United States of America so long as they do not break the law. After all, our country was built on capitalism. However, whenever greedy corporate shysters collectively strive to obstruct the advancement of any kind of science or technology, including dental technology, this is where I feel that either the Federal government or the public at large or both needs to do damage control. In figurative words, no greedy corporate shyster has the right to fly his wife first class to France simply for her to get her hair done at an exclusive beauty salon in Paris at the expense and detriment of everyday people’s health and well-being.
The dental prosthetics market, which includes the sales of prosthetic dental implants, crowns, bridges, caps, fillings, dentures, and abutments, is a multimillion-dollar industry. Anyone who has ever been to the dentist for anything more than just a regular checkup should know that getting a crown or even a filling is not cheap. Getting dentures and even prosthetic dental implants cannot only be expensive but also a nightmare for anyone who has never been down that road before. Greedy corporate shysters are everywhere in the United States of America, and the dental prosthetics industry is no exception to that rule. Right at this very moment somewhere in our country, there is likely a greedy corporate shyster sitting at his desk and smoking a cigar either in his study den at home or in his office, and he is thinking about what he is going to do next to stop decent individuals in the scientific community like Dr. Mao from ever making both tooth regeneration procedures available to the dental profession so that everyone can have access to it. Perhaps there may not be news stories popping up everywhere on the Internet or over the television and radio airwaves about the dental prosthetics industry engaging in this reprehensible kind of conduct. However, if you research the pattern of conduct that corporations have engaged in over the past four decades, you will find an astronomical number of reasons to suspect the dental prosthetics industry of engaging in this reprehensible type of conduct.
Whether or not anyone can actually prove that this reprehensible type of conduct is going on in the dental prosthetics industry, we still must presume the worst and take action on it inasmuch as it could make a difference between both tooth regeneration procedures being available to the public next year or not being available to the public until the next century. The corporate moguls who own, operate, and profit from the dental prosthetics industry are likely well aware that once both tooth regeneration procedures become fully available to the entire world, the demand for their products is going to plummet rapidly. Never mind any reports or news stories that you see on the Internet about this same industry prospering into a multibillion-dollar industry by 2021. Owners of video stores back in the early part of the twenty-first century all probably thought that they would be living in some plush mansion out in Santa Barbara, California by now, but we all know what happened to that industry after more sophisticated forms of television technology came along such as the DVR and Video-On-Demand. Netflix, Amazon Prime, and even YouTube did not help their situation either after these same three entities came into existence.
At first, people are going to be able to get outrageously good deals on prosthetic dental implants and other prosthetic dental materials (e.g. fillings, caps, crowns, bridges, and dentures) after both tooth regeneration procedures become available to the public at large. Extensive dental work involving these items will likely become more affordable than it has ever been in the history of our nation. It will have to do so, because the dental prosthetics industry will be standing on its last legs financially by then. The amount of unemployment and underemployment in our nation will maintain a market for this industry, because these prosthetic dental materials will become so cheap that this industry will be desperate to sell them in one way or another; and consumers with limited incomes will be the only ones buying them at that point in time. Of course, if the problem with joblessness in our country diminishes significantly in the near future, then the demand for these bargain prosthetic dental materials will decrease drastically. It’s kind of like the situation back in the late 1980s and the early 1990s in which once CDs became common, record stores began giving outrageously exceptional deals on regular vinyl records inasmuch as fewer people were buying them. Of course, regular vinyl records eventually made a comeback to the market because of their sentimental nature. However, there is nothing sentimental about dentures, false teeth, and prosthetic dental items, and the sales backlash that the dental prosthetics industry will initially experience subsequent to the public availability of tooth regeneration will not last forever. Therefore, once both tooth regeneration procedures become available to the public at large, profits and sales revenues for the companies that manufacture prosthetic dental materials will never be the same again; and eventually this same industry is going to collapse and disappear forever.
Some of you may be questioning how the dental insurance industry is going to respond to the public availability of both tooth regeneration procedures. My guess is about as good as yours. It really depends on how expensive such procedures will be. If these two procedures are less expensive than having prosthetic dental materials placed in dental patients’ mouths, then the dental insurance industry will likely see it as more cost-effective for them to insure both tooth regeneration procedures and discontinue insuring any prosthetic-related dental procedures. If the dental insurance industry decides to go down that road, then their actions will further speed up the eventual collapse of the dental prosthetics industry altogether. On the other hand, if dental prosthetics companies immediately begin offering bargain prices on their products, the dental insurance industry may cut them some slack. At least for a while, that is. Unless I could somehow get a hold of what the cost factor would be, I cannot really speculate how the dental insurance industry is going to respond to the public availability of both tooth regeneration procedures. However, I can say that if the owners of these dental insurance companies are conscientious about the oral health of their customers, then they could possibly feel more inclined to grant coverage for both tooth regeneration procedures and then eventually deny coverage for any prosthetic-related dental procedure altogether from that point on.
Nevertheless, let’s not get excited just yet about the prospective extinction of prosthetic dental implants, dentures, and the likes. Greedy corporate shysters in the dental prosthetics industry are going to run interference any way they can against Dr. Mao and his colleagues from making both tooth regeneration procedures a complete reality for everyone. They will see opportunities to do so in the form of finding creative ways to get the F.D.A. to deny Dr. Mao and his colleagues the approval they need from that Federal government agency to release both tooth regeneration procedures to the dental market. Greedy corporate shysters will pay lawyers exorbitant quantities of money to bring legal actions against Dr. Mao and his colleagues and to contact whatever government agencies they need to do so in order to throw legal roadblocks at Dr. Mao and his colleagues from ever being able to make both tooth regeneration procedures available to the dental profession and the public at large. These are the kinds of disgraceful tactics that greedy corporate shysters use to protect their own profits and sales revenues at the expense and detriment of others. These injustices have happened in the past; and they will continue to happen, unless public officials and consumers collectively stop them in their tracks.
D. A Solution That Would Speed Up The Public Availability Of Tooth Regeneration
Instead of just sitting back and complaining about what the dental prosthetics industry most likely is doing to delay and even obstruct the availability of both tooth regeneration procedures here in the United States of America, I believe that the best course of action is for all of us to do something about it. The question is, “What can we do?” These greedy corporate shysters have so much money that it is not going to be easy for any of us to undermine their efforts to deprive the world of both tooth regeneration procedures. Some of you may be thinking about writing letters to your elected officials for that matter. My response to your course of action is that it can’t hurt. However, I believe that there really is only one truly effective course of action that the public can take to stop these greedy corporate shysters in the dental prosthetics industry from getting in the way of both tooth regeneration procedures becoming available to the public someday in the near future.
People have large quantities of money invested in stocks that fund these companies that manufacture prosthetic dental materials. Many of you out there who are reading this Hub may be one of those investors. Therefore, any of you who have money invested in these companies need to sell those stocks now and pull your money out of these companies while you can. In other words, as the saying goes, if you take away the food, the cockroaches starve and eventually die. In this case, the greedy corporate shysters who own these dental prosthetics companies are the cockroaches that need to be financially starved out of business. To all of you out there who may have money invested in these companies, I am well aware that your money is your money and that you are free to do with it as you please. However, if you cannot sell your stocks and pull your money investments out of these companies for the sake of the public interests, then do it for yourself.
Whether you like it or not, the dental prosthetics industry is going to collapse sooner or later. These greedy corporate shysters can buy themselves more time to extend their lavish lifestyles at the expense and detriment of others, but their dental prosthetics empires are not going to last forever. Once both tooth regeneration procedures become available to the general public, your stocks are going to plummet so quickly in value that you will not know what hit you; and you just don’t want to be caught up in that rapid loss of money that investors who still have their money tied up in stocks with these companies will suffer. Moreover, these greedy corporate shysters in the dental prosthetics industry don’t care about anybody but themselves, and they are simply not worth it. This is something that affects everyone of every socioeconomic structure, because most everybody would prefer to have a natural set of teeth rather than have a mouth full of crowns, prosthetic dental implants, and other prosthetic dental materials.
E. My Conclusion Regarding The Future Of Tooth Regeneration
The greedy corporate shysters in the dental prosthetics industry may not make themselves or their reprehensible actions readily obvious to the public at large, but you only have to be aware of the unusual delay of both tooth regeneration procedures becoming publicly available to know that it is more likely than not that these same greedy corporate shysters are doing everything that they can to stand between the public and tooth regeneration. The dental prosthetics industry has long outlived its purpose here in the United States of America, and it is time to put these jokers out of business once and for all to clear the pathway for new and improved dental technology in the form of tooth regeneration. If investors pull their money out of these self-serving companies and sell their stocks, these companies will eventually weaken and lose their financial ability to interfere with the efforts of Dr. Mao and others like him to make both tooth regeneration procedures available to the world. If these companies’ monetary assets begin to dry up, they will be spending so much of their financial resources in trying to keep themselves afloat that they won’t have the time or the economic stamina to throw political roadblocks at Dr. Mao and others like him. All of us could have a healthy mouth of pearly whites if we just work together to make it happen. Here in the second decade of the twenty-first century, prosthetic dental implants, false teeth, dentures, fillings, crowns, bridges, caps, and abutments all belong in a glass-enclosed exhibit in a downtown museum rather than in anyone’s mouth.
A Poll For Any American Who Has Been To The Dentist
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2017 Jason B Truth
Jason B Truth (author) from United States of America on May 07, 2017:
@daro 37. Thank you, daro 37. That link that you provided is extremely important, because there is no reason that the advancement of dental technology should be obstructed in any way, shape, or form.
daro 37 on May 07, 2017:
Jason B Truth (author) from United States of America on March 06, 2017:
I recently had a horrendous experience with a dentist. It was so horrendous that I cannot even put it to words without feeling appalled. Therefore, I had to write the above Hub to vent my anger about the dental profession and the industries connected to it. I strongly believe that the scientific community's introduction of tooth regeneration to the general public here in our nation is going to weed out the good dentists from the disgusting ones. Any decent dentist will want his or her patients to have the best dental treatment and the healthiest teeth possible, whereas the shady ones will only be looking to make the big bucks like the one that I recently had a bad experience with. If you're American, I'd like to know your thoughts about this topic here in the comments section. If you're from a country other than the United States of America, I would still like to read what you have to say.