It’s a common thing that has been going on for decades, have a cavity in your mouth, time to get a filling or an even more costly time-consuming root canal. But what if these dental procedures could soon be a thing of the past.
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Researchers have discovered that one of the drugs developed to help slow down the adverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s could actually be beneficial to our teeth and get this actually repair any problems inside the mouth, which will include cavities. The drug which is called Tideglusib has actually promoted natural regrowth of teeth in lab rats.
Up till now something that has never been able to be accomplished, it was a known fact that if the teeth rotted, they were lost and could only be saved through a dental procedure or removed completely, so this could be a dental breakthrough.
From what researchers have been able to determine because the enamel of teeth started to regrow in the lab rats who were given the drug during initial research pertaining to Alzheimer’s and now more research is being done pertaining to the regrowth of teeth in general. So, if the research is successful and the drug is approved does this mean dentist are also obsolete? Not so fast, first of all, the drug has still only been tested on lab rats in the dental research. Yes, in Alzheimer’s research some initial study as pointed out by Paul Shape aKing’s College London Dental Institute Professor who has been quoted as saying:
“Using a drug that has already been tested in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease provides a real opportunity to get this dental treatment quickly into clinics.”
Also on its own from what has been determined that Tideglusib will only grow back a thin layer of enamel. The researchers are now working on a procedure where biodegradable sponges are applied properly to help promote the regrowth along with the drug itself. So, yes this is where an accredited dentist will still be needed to ensure the whole process is done to ensure the teeth have properly regenerated something Sharpe went on to further point out in his interview with the Telegraph:
“The simplicity of our approach makes it ideal as a clinical dental product for the natural treatment of large cavities, by providing both pulp protection and restoring dentine.”
So, odds are the dental community will embrace an opportunity to take their work to the next level. After all, it is a dentist mission in life to save teeth, and this new drug advancement could help them do just that with no more fillings or root canals necessary.