Not many of you probably think of the field of dentistry much unless you’re studying to be a dentist, are a dentist, know a dentist, or are getting ready to go to the dentist. What goes on in the dental research and technology fields can be awe inspiring. There are always new and innovative research studies taking place, and new technology being developed. The most recent dental research and technology resulted in the development of a biocompatible material that helps rebuild worn tooth enamel.
Your tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in the human body. It protects your tooth pulp (the nerve center of the tooth), and the dentin (the white part of your tooth). Dentin is softer than enamel, and porous. It consists of thousands of tubules that reach into the pulp. Tooth enamel protects the pulp from heat and cold sensations, infection, etc. If these tubules become exposed your tooth pulp becomes more sensitive, and vulnerable.
The erosion of tooth enamel is a common problem and is actually growing among children. Acidic drinks, brushing too vigorously, and brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush are some reasons for the loss of tooth enamel.
A professor of dentistry and his colleagues at National Taiwan University developed a fast-acting biocompatible material consisting of calcium and phosphorous that can be applied to teeth as a paste. The material which they describe as a biomimetic crystalline dentin barrier fills and seals the dentin tubules. When they tested it on dogs they found that there was significant growth of the biomimetic crystals within the dentin tubules and it caused no pulpal irritation. The objective is to use it to rebuild worn tooth enamel.
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