Bacteria and cavity are the main causes of damaged teeth and as we all know, having damaged teeth can affect one’s confidence. Good news, scientists have discovered that there is still a way to regrow damaged teeth and that is through the use of an Alzheimer’s drug.
The researchers at KCL (King’s College London) discovered that the drug called Tideglusib, which is used for treating Alzheimer’s together with glycogen synthase kinase is capable of stimulating the creation of new dentine that then fills in the large cavities. It actually boosts the natural repair mechanism of the teeth. Hence, artificial cement is no longer needed just to fill in those holes. In the research that involved the use of collagen sponges that were soaked in the Alzheimer’s drug, it only took 6 weeks for dentine to grow and for the damage to be repaired.
Considering the fact that the said drug has already undergone clinical trials, it’s no longer impossible for dental clinics to use them for teeth regrow purposes in the near future. This new approach can be considered an ideal one as dental fillings may need to be replaced from time to time whereas in this one, complete repair is attained. It also reduces the risk of infection, which is one of the reasons why some teeth are extracted.
KCL said that:
“The novel, biological approach could see teeth use their natural ability to repair large cavities rather than using cements or fillings, which are prone to infections and often need replacing a number of times.
“Indeed when fillings fail or infection occurs, dentists have to remove and fill an area that is larger than what is affected, and after multiple treatments the tooth may eventually need to be extracted.
“As this new method encourages natural tooth repair, it could eliminate all of these issues, providing a more natural solution for patients.”
If everything goes well and if this discovery is backed by more studies and researches, damaged teeth would no longer be a problem in the future.