June 29, 2010

Gel Makes Teeth Regenerate?

A new gel could make dentistry into a whole new world, as it gives people a chance to make their teeth regenerate!

According to dental experts the gel has a peptide in it that makes cells in the tooth regenerate, and could possibly reverse the effects of cavities. Said one expert, "It's not like toothpaste, Here we are really trying to control cavities (after they develop)."

Cavities are caused by bacteria and hoels in the tooth, and lead to toochaches and possibly tooth loss. Acidic foods and sugary snacks can contribute to causing cavities, especially if someone doesn't brush and floss properly. Usually the only solution to a caivity is drilling it out, but now with this new gel that contains a peptide known as MSH, or melanocyte-stimulating hormone, the drillling may not always be necessary someday! See below for more information on this new treatment.

Gel Makes Teeth Regenerate?

Dentists could soon hang up their drills. A new peptide, embedded in a soft gel or a thin, flexible film and placed next to a cavity, encourages cells inside teeth to regenerate in about a month, according to a new study in the journal ACS Nano. This technology is the first of its kind. The new gel or thin film could eliminate the need to fill painful cavities or drill deep into the root canal of an infected tooth. The new research could make a trip to the dentist's office more pleasant, said Berkirane-Jessel. Instead of a drill, a quick dab of gel or a thin film against an infected tooth could heal teeth from within.

Gel Makes Teeth Regenerate?

Posted at June 29, 2010 3:39 AM