posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 06:02 PM
I came across this article
University of Leeds
that describes a new procedure to reverse tooth decay in the first stages, and possibly beyond..
Researchers at the University of Leeds have discovered a pain-free way of tackling dental decay that reverses the damage of acid attack and
re-builds teeth as new.
The peptide technology is based on knowledge of how the tooth forms in the first place and stimulates regeneration of the tooth defect.
Wow! This is promising for several reasons. Mainly the pain of a toothache and also the pain of knowing you can't afford to get it fixed. I have lost
a couple of teeth, and let me tell you what that does to your self-esteem......destroyed and gone. Ever tried talking to someone while trying to hide
a broken smile?
The 'magic' fluid was designed by researchers in the University of Leeds' School of Chemistry, led by Dr Amalia Aggeli. It contains a peptide
known as P 11-4 that - under certain conditions - will assemble together into fibres. In practice, this means that when applied to the tooth, the
fluid seeps into the micro-pores caused by acid attack and then spontaneously forms a gel. This gel then provides a 'scaffold' or framework that
attracts calcium and regenerates the tooth's mineral from within, providing a natural and pain-free repair.
The way that they are describing this scaffolding reminds me also of this
Regrowing body parts- Time Mag
In order to mold human organs from a clump of cells, Atala came up with creatively constructed scaffolds that would guide the newly grown cells
into shape. In most cases — for the bladder, blood vessels and valves, for example — he uses a biodegradable material made of collagen, the
structural component in skin. But in order to create more complex structures, such as the heart, he needed something far more sophisticated as a
matrix. That's where the inkjet printer came in. One of Atala's colleagues had the bright idea that if a printer can spray tiny bits of ink in a
pre-set pattern, why couldn't that same technique be used to scatter cells into pre-designed templates? So, instead of printing in one dimension,
Atala's expert re-tooled the printer to "print" its cells in successive layers; the end result is a three-dimensional mold of cells that looks
suspiciously like, for example, a rudimentary heart. Read more: www.time.com...
So, how long before they can print the tooth structure, implant it and treat with the new solution in order to grow an entirely new tooth?
Sure, you may have to eat chicken noodle for six months, but for me it would be worth it!
Cheers friends.. rbn