Oh, the terror of losing a tooth. Once it happens, everything will never be the same. And it will not be a good sight. No one wants to depend on fillings or fake teeth all their remaining life! Luckily, we're living in the 21st century, where experts are developing the possible ways to regain a lost tooth, naturally.
Researchers at King’s College London (KCL) found a drug that can naturally regrow damaged teeth. With the use of a drug designed to treat Alzheimer’s disease, the tooth is stimulated to create new dentine capable of filling in large cavities.
Professor Paul Sharpe, lead author of a paper in the journal Scientific Reports, said in a post
, "The simplicity of our approach makes it ideal as a clinical dental product for the natural treatment of large cavities, by providing both pulp protection and restoring dentine.
"In addition, using a drug that has already been tested in clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease provides a real opportunity to get this dental treatment quickly into clinics.”
The drug Tideglusib works by stimulating stem cells, which can turn into any type of tissue in the body, already present in the pulp to create new dentine.
This medicine will work together with a substance called glycogen synthase kinase. The combination is then applied to the tooth on a biodegradable sponge made from collagen.
As the sponge melts, it will be replaced by dentine that will lead to complete, natural repair.
According to a statement in KCL regarding the study, “The novel, biological approach could see teeth use their natural ability to repair large cavities rather than using cements or fillings, which are prone to infections and often need replacing a number of times.
“Indeed when fillings fail or infection occurs, dentists have to remove and fill an area that is larger than what is affected, and after multiple treatments the tooth may eventually need to be extracted.
Nice teeth, Leo.