During a new research, scientists managed to discover that a particular medicine used for a very familiar illness can replace fillings, repair cavities and even encourage the regrowth of your teeth.
According to scientists who performed a particular research at King’s College in London, the medicine called Tideglusib can have a stimulating effect on the stem cells found in the pulp of our teeth. It actually creates new dentine.
Our teeth can regenerate dentine naturally, but they only create a thin layer. It can’t fill the deep cavities which are caused by tooth decay.
This medicine can switch off an enzyme known as GSK-3. It causes dentin to grow more and more.
Scientists claim that you can use a small biodegradable sponge and put some of the medicine on it. Then, put it in the cavity. The medicine will make the dentine grow more and stronger. The damaged tooth will be repaired in only 6 weeks!
The sponges are created from collagen. In time, they will melt and only the repaired tooth will be left.
This is a very simple method. Yet, it is very effective and can even treat problems with large cavities. It restores the dentine and protects the pulp.
The fillings dentists use nowadays are very dangerous since they contain silicon, calcium and cement. This cement can’t dissolve. The optimal level of minerals on the repaired tooth will never be restored completely.
This technique was widely accepted even though it’s pretty new.
Dentists only have a lot of work on their patient when an infection appears or the fillings just don’t seem to fit. More problems appear and they all need to be treated.
Doctors claim that this is a progressive step towards the treatment of many dental problems. It’s a very natural way which is also less invasive than the previous ones. People are very afraid of going to the dentist, so this may be the perfect solution for them. They will deal with their anxiety better and treat their dental problems in time.
This has only been a clinical study performed on mice. It still has to be researched more and tested on humans. It does however come with side-effects, like for example liver problems or failure.
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