A recent study, in the Journal of Dental Research reported that Grape seed extracts can help promote teeth durability and fight tooth decay. According to the researchers, natural compounds that are found in grape seed extracts strengthen your teeth’s dentin.
Dentin is the dental tissue beneath the enamel, which is mostly made of collagen. The researchers also mentioned that grape seed extracts may increase the life span of dental fillings.
Dental fillings can be made up of composite resin or amalgam. Researchers mentioned that dental amalgams are usually made of a combination of heavy metals, including silver, mercury, tin, or other materials. Dental amalgams are known for their long life span of 10 to 15 years or higher and their low cost.
While composite-resin fillings are more aesthetically-designed, as the fine glass particles and plastic allow dentists to use filling colors that match the patients’ teeth. But, composite fillings last only five to seven years.
A federal report stated that more than 90% of adults whose age ranges from 20 to 64 have cavities. In order to address cavities, dentists take out the dental caries or decay using a drill and plug it up with a filling.
As per the researchers, resins need to bind with the dentin during the filling process. The researchers noted that the area between the resin and teeth, known as interface, remained a weak point which often led to the breakdown of teeth restorations.
The health experts said that margin breakdown and secondary caries were the top causes of failed adhesive restorations. Also, the researchers reported that adhesive interface breakdown remained a major obstacle despite major advances in dental restorative materials.
The study was funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Dental Fillings and Grape Seed Extract
When dental fillings fail, decay forms around it and the seal is lost. Dentist want to reinforce the interface, which will make the resin bond better to the dentin.
The interface can be changed by using new natural materials. The stability of the interface is essential for the durability of such adhesive joints, and hence, the life of the restoration and minimizing tooth loss.
The recent study reported that a combination of plant-based oligomeric proanthocyanidins and grape seed extracts prompted damaged collagen to repair itself. According to the researchers, interlocking the collagen-rich dentin and resin offered better adhesion and did not rely on moisture.