A new treatment has been devised which could regenerate teeth and reduce the need for fillings in the future.
Instead of using cement filling, it is being proposed that a biodegradable sponge will be soaked in a drug called tideglusib, which will target tooth decay, after successful trials took place.
After a certain period of time, the tooth with then apparently build itself, according to scientists.
Professor Paul Sharpe, who led the work at King’s College London, told The Guardian: “Almost everyone on the planet has tooth decay at some time – it’s a massive volume of people being treated. We’ve deliberately tried to make something really simple, really quick and really cheap.”
Dental cements could become a thing of the past, which could be a positive step, as they have been known to weaken teeth, cause infections and potentially lead to larger cavities.
“The tooth is not just a lump of mineral, it’s got its own physiology. You’re replacing a living tissue with an inert cement,” said Sharpe. “Fillings work fine, but if the tooth can repair itself, surely (that’s) the best way. You’re restoring all the vitality of the tooth.”
So how does it work?
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