Fillings are a part of life for most of us. Although it’s not a pleasant experience, most of us have had a cavity or two, and we’ve needed a filling. And for most of us, our tooth enamel will wear down as we age, or if we consume lots of acidic beverages like soda and coffee.
Humans don’t naturally regrow tooth enamel, but science may have found a way to help with that. The Times (UK) reports that British scientists at Queen Mary, University of London, say they “have found a way to regrow” tooth enamel, “using a process similar to that which constructed it in the first place.” The study was published in Nature Communications.
The Daily Mail (UK) reports the scientists “have developed a new way to grow mineralised materials.” The first step is to prepare the tooth with “a protein matrix” which “attracts minerals naturally present in our saliva – calcium and phosphates – to form crystals in the gaps in the grid.” Then, “the enamel starts to regrow and bonds with the tooth below.”
The Telegraph (UK) reports, lead author Professor Alvaro Mata said the “key discovery” was “finding a way to exploit proteins to control and guide the process of mineralisation.”
Although these discoveries are exciting, it may be years before the science is put into practice. Here at Serene Smiles of Fredericksburg, we seek out the latest in dental technologies, to offer you the highest standard of care.