Tooth Regeneration

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CavityScientists are working on a technique whereby tooth decay could be treated by “remineralization” of the cavity.

The next time your children get cavities, they might get tooth regeneration instead of fillings. That’s because materials scientists are beginning to find just the right solutions of chemicals to rebuild decayed teeth, rather than merely patching their holes. Enamel and dentin, the materials that make teeth the strongest pieces of the body, would replace the gold or ceramic fillings that currently return teeth to working order.

The technology is estimated to still be a decade away.


Note: Tooth decay is a disease of affluence not seen in primitive societies following their native diets. Introduction of “modern ” processed foods led to rampant tooth decay and mal-development of orofacial structures (including crooked and crowded teeth).

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