When someone goes to the dentist, they would normally receive a filling where the dentist would drill into the tooth to implant a permanent fixture such as gold, porcelain (a tooth-colored filling substantial), or metal alloys into the tooth inside pulp tissue. The tooth tissue is soft and is definitely alive. It’s made up of blood vessels and nerves and is the reason why it hurts so much when drilling.
Researchers from Havard University and the University of Nottingham have developed a ground breaking dental filling, stimulating tooth regrowth that allows teeth to repair themselves while at the same time preventing further dental damage. Adam Celiz from the University of Nottingham advised that the design of synthetic biomaterials can be used in the place of dental filling but is allowed to be placed directly in contact with the pulp tissue in order to stimulate repair with the native cell population we well as the regeneration of the pulp tissue including the surrounding dentin.
At times the decay of the tooth is so far along that in order to prevent further infection the filling will need to be more adequate. People believe that tooth decay is an annoyance rather than a problem however in very rare cases, the tooth decay can become so bad and dangerous that it will spread through the entire mouth if its left untreated. An infect can become so bad that it causes an infection in an upper tooth that can spread from the mouth to the sinus just behind the eye that will enter the brain and in severe cases cause death.
Root canal treatment as a form of relief from tooth decay
A dentist can recommend a root canal if the ordinary filling fails to regulate an infection. This very painful procedure will involve removing the tooth pulp with the nerves in order to save the tooth and further tooth decay. A gutta-percha is then placed into the now hollowed out tooth, which is a permanent object that will fill the chamber and protect the tooth from even further decay. The only concern with this method is that due to the tooth-lacking living material, it may fall out over time. This new device could possibly prevent the need for all these painful procedures by safeguarding the tooth and ensuring the tooth does not get as bad, to begin with. This will allow patients the ability to regrow their damaged teeth.
The Royal Society Prize
These innovative and amazing new dental fillings shocked the Royal Society of Chemistry, and they awarded a prize after judges stated that this is a new standard for all dental treatments. The scientists are excited to partner up with the industry in order to develop and make a product that will be available for commercial use. While it is still very soon to see this new technique in the local dentist office, it does give people peace of mind that the days of very painful tooth decay problems and procedures may soon be behind the human race.