If you hate the dentist then hallelujah, this has to be music to your ears (as opposed to the sound of drilling).
A new treatment has been devised that could potentially bring teeth back from the brink of ruin according to recent trials.
Instead of another cement filling, a biodegradable sponge will be soaked in a drug, called tideglusib, which is deigned to target tooth decay.
After it’s been left in there for a while, the tooth will start to rebuild itself, according to scientists.
This could make dental cements obsolete, which is a good thing because they’re known to weaken the teeth, cause infections and lead to larger cavities.
Professor Paul Sharpe, who led the work at King’s College London, told The Guardian: ‘Almost everyone on the planet has tooth decay at some time – it’s a massive volume of people being treated. We’ve deliberately tried to make something really simple, really quick and really cheap.’
Sharpe said that fillings will do the job, but you are essentially replacing a ‘living tissue with an inert cement’
But there’s bad news, it won’t completely eliminate the need for a drill because dentists still have to remove all that decay first (sorry).
How does it exactly work?
Tideglusib stimulates stem cells in the centre of the tooth.
These cells then develop into odontoblasts (specialised tooth cells).
This boosts the production of dentine, which allows larger defects to be reversed naturally.
The drug is also being used as a potential Alzheimer’s treatment.
The findings were published in the Scientific Reports.