A new method can be used to treat severe tooth pain caused by receding gums.
A research team determined that bovine collagen produces thicker and healthier gum tissue. This enables the exposed root to be fully covered in more than half of the cases, which stops sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity is a painful tingling that one gets when their teeth are exposed to cold air after eating something hot or cold.
Receding gums can also result in tooth sensitivity. Receding gums can develop in a number of ways, including brushing too firmly, grinding one’s teeth and aging. The nerves are exposed after the gums recede.
There are certain toothpastes and toothbrushes with soft bristles that dentists have recommended for patients who suffer from tooth sensitivity. Researchers also started to use tissue grafts and collagen to regrow bone before coming up with this method of using cow heart tissue.
The University of Frankfurt research team opted to use cow heart tissue because of the level of thickness of the collagen.
After a six-month period, the researchers analyzed 14 patients who experienced 62 gum recessions. The cow heart tissue was as effective as human collagen in some areas, but the advantage of the cow heart tissue came from the fact that there’s a larger supply of it than human donor tissue.
Further research is necessary to determine the long-term effects of the bovine collagen.