Let’s face it, dentists suck. Whenever I think of Dentists, I think of this:
That’s right, it’s the Dentist song from Little Shop of Horrors. So when I think of Dentists, I think pain, because I’m going to be honest with you folks, when it comes to my mouth, I’m a bit of a coward. So, knowing that about me, when I say I’m excited about news involved in dentistry, it’s got to be some pretty amazing news. In this case, the news comes from the work of researchers at the Universities of Nottingham and Harvard.
What these researchers were able to do was fill cavities with stem cells. These stem cells were able to get teeth to literally regrow. Imagine if you will going to the dentist (and sorry folks, there’s no mention about reducing the pain of the dentist’s chair), getting your tooth drilled and the hole filled with stem cells, not filling material. What happens is the stem cells actually trigger your tooth to fill the hole with real tooth, as opposed to fake tooth, the filling. There will be no worries of having fillings fall out because your tooth’s hole is filled with newly grown tooth stuff (scientific term, trust me).
Adam Celiz, a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Nottingham, told Newsweek, “We have designed synthetic biomaterials that can be used similarly to dental fillings but can be placed in direct contact with pulp tissue to stimulate the native stem cell population for repair and regeneration of pulp tissue and the surrounding dentin.”
No word on how expensive this might be, but still, as one who has a few (NOT A LOT, so DON’T JUDGE) fillings, it would have been nice to have the holes in my mouth closed by real tooth instead of with fillings. The Royal Society of Chemistry has hailed this new development as a “new paradigm for dental treatment,” one that could potentially end tooth decay as we know it today.