New Dental Fillings Heal Your Teeth

Posted: Jul 5 2016, 1:43am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 5 2016, 1:46am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

New Dental Fillings Heal Your Teeth
Credit: University of Nottingham

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New biomaterial for dental fillings stimulate stem cells enabling teeth to heal themselves.

Scientists developed dental fillings that heal your teeth. This could change dental medicine completely.

The self-healing fillings got developed by researchers at University of Nottingham and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.

By stimulating the native dental stem cells, your teeth can heal themselves. The new dental filling material can have positive impact on millions of dental patients each year.

Dr Adam Celiz, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, said: "Existing dental fillings are toxic to cells and are therefore incompatible with pulp tissue inside the tooth. In cases of dental pulp disease and injury a root canal is typically performed to remove the infected tissues. "

"We have designed synthetic biomaterials that can be used similarly to dental fillings but can be placed in direct contact with pulp tissue to stimulate the native stem cell population for repair and regeneration of pulp tissue and the surrounding dentin. Our approach has great promise to impact the dental field and this prize provides a great platform to develop this technology further with industrial partners."

If scientists can get teeth to heal themselves, are other body parts next? The prospect of living longer looks better every day.

The new healing dental filling material won the second prize in the materials category of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition 2016.

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