Tooth Regeneration Gel Could Replace Fillings

Published:October 25th, 2011

A soft tooth gel that has a new peptide is said to encourage the cells within the teeth to regenerate. In about a month, the thin flexible film, which has been placed next to a cavity, has healed the tooth.

This new technology presented by the gel or thin film could remove the need to visit the dentist as to fill in aching cavities or drill a root canal from an infected tooth.

Proven to be safe and effective, drilling and filling is being done to millions. However with this new research, trips to dentist would certainly become more pleasant. Drilling can make you numb, and some still lament the sound of the drill. Imagine that instead of the usual root canal, an easy dab of the thin film could heal you teeth.

The gel or thin film has a peptide known as MSH, or melanocyte-stimulating hormone. MSH has been proven to promote bone regeneration. Bones and teeth are alike, so scientist reasoned that if the MSH would work on bones it would do well with teeth as well. MSH is also applied ti heal bones and other tissues of our body.

However since the technology is still new, tooth regeneration could only work for a small number of cases.

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