Tooth decay is now a thing of the past, as researchers at Harvard University have developed a stem cell procedure that keeps teeth growing and regenerating. To many people around the globe, this is easily the most welcome news of all. It's the end of painful root canals as we know them. After all, very few people have not had a tooth drilled.
Thank God we pulled off this new tooth technology in the 21st century, ahead of making the Moon and Mars an Earth colony. It is certainly a step in the right direction, and the timing could not be better. It's almost unbelievable and seemingly the stuff of fiction. Suddenly, thanks to science, we can all be like Logan, the X-Man who keeps regrowing his cells, muscles, and claws, no matter what.Finally, we have come close to being X-Men with this new technology, light years ahead of growing mutant genes. The scientists call it "regenerative stem cell treatment for tooth fillings." Nottingham University was also involved in the study with Harvard to develop a "tooth filling that allows teeth to repair and regenerate themselves."
Of course, the heart of the technology is stem cell research. Without it, it's not possible to regrow that part of our body that helps us enjoy a great meal. Mind you, we still need to brush our teeth, floss, and gargle mouthwash daily — that much has not changed. And add to that staying easy on the sugar in case we all become "trigger-happy" with our sweet tooth.
And now, for the meat of the technology, let's allow 981 FM KMBZ to explain further as follows.
"Researchers have developed a new kind of filling made from synthetic biomaterial that can stimulate the growth of stem cells in the pulp of the tooth. Just like regular fillings, the biomaterial is injected into the tooth and hardened with UV light."To paraphrase, anyone who undergoes the new procedure with their teeth will still inevitably experience the "first drill," but after that, it's all good.
For its part, Popular Science sheds more light on the new tooth freedom by explaining the "before" part so that we can all see the "after" part, just like in a weight loss scenario.
"Dentists treat hundreds of millions of cavities each year by drilling out the decay and putting in a filling," but not anymore. The breakthrough research in tooth repair technology not only takes away the fear and the after-anesthesia pain forever — the research team also took away the second prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Emerging Technologies Competition.
Hurrah to the research group, and thank you for setting teeth forever free from the symptoms of tooth decay. The whole of humanity certainly benefits from this breakthrough in dental research. In the beginning, it was the denture for our lowly teeth. It was followed by the crown, the bridge, the implant, and finally this mutant-like technology. Truly, the dental industry has had a very rapid rate of success.Says U.S. News, "for patients who suffer from dental disease or undergo dental surgery, the new treatment could be extraordinary."
The source further explains how the technology works at the tooth level, citing the role that dentin plays in the mouth scheme of things, as follows.
"During a root canal, the pulp of the tooth and the nerve are removed. If the new treatment becomes the norm, fillings made of synthetic biomaterials would be inserted, stimulating dental stem cells to repair and regenerate dentin, which is the bony substance that accounts for most of a tooth."Although it sounds like science fiction, tooth regeneration by stem cell stimulation is as real as it gets. It may be expensive to undergo this procedure right now, but like all new technology, the price must go down eventually. And as the pecking order goes, celebrities are likely to have a first shot at the landmark tooth procedure. After that, it's free for all, that is of course if you have dental insurance to mind the teeth. And with most dental insurance plans covering root canals, it is highly likely that the new procedure will have the same fate.[Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images]