University of Leeds researchers say dentists will soon have access to a new pain-free way of tackling dental decay that reverses the damage of acid attack and rebuilds teeth as new - all without drilling or filling.
Tooth decay typically begins when acid produced by bacteria in plaque dissolves minerals in the teeth, causing microscopic pores to form. As the decay process progresses, these micro-pores increase in size and number. Eventually the damaged tooth is either drilled and filled or removed.
But researchers at the University of Leeds say they have developed a revolutionary new way to treat the first signs of tooth decay. Their solution is to use a peptide-based" target="_blank">href="http://www.d-group-cn.com/en/news_show.asp?pageid=73&pgID=81">peptide-based fluid that is painted onto the tooth's surface. The peptide stimulates regeneration of the tooth defect.
"This may sound too good to be true, but we are essentially helping acid-damaged teeth to regenerate themselves. It is a totally natural non-surgical repair process and is entirely pain-free too," said Professor Jennifer Kirkham, who has led the development of the new
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