I don’t know anyone who actually enjoys a trip to the dentist. It’s a really common fear amongst people: a stranger delving into your mouth, tapping your teeth with metal utensils, injecting you with a horror-film-like needle and ripping your bones out of – arguably – the most useful thing you own.
Of course, there are those among us who aren’t “bothered about the dentist” – as they like to proclaim in a loud voice in public – but we secretly know they’re just as scared as the rest of us. It’s just machismo or a need for attention, of course.
Nope, no-one likes the dentist. (Apologies if you are one, or married to one but it’s the truth.)
So, what you’re about to learn will have you bowing to the heavens and screaming hallelujah so ferociously that God will even be able to peer down through the clouds and see your fillings.
A new treatment has been invented that could allow our teeth to grow back, from their rotten state. Rising from the dead, if you will.
The treatment consists of a biodegradable sponge being soaked in a drug (YES, A DRUG!) called – pretty easy to say – tideglusib. The drug targets tooth decay.
After the sponge, and the drug (of course), has been left in your mouth, the tooth starts to rebuild itself. That’s what scientists are saying, anyway.
This could mean that fillings will be a thing of the past. Dead. Extinct. Defunct. Which, of course, is good news to us all. Imagine going to a dentist and asking for a sponge instead of a needle? It would be amazing, right?
However, it isn’t as easy as that. Nothing is as easy as it seems. Dentists may still have to whip their drill out if there’s loads of decay as the sponge and drug won’t get rid of it. Oh, well. At least there’s hope.
For you teeth geeks, this is how it works:
The drug, tideglusib invigorates stem cells in the tooth. The stem cells then develop into odontoblasts (no, not a newly-found dinosaur, but specialized tooth cells). This raises the production of dentine, which allows larger defects to be reversed naturally.
Featured image via gerlachfamilydentistry.