No more dental fillings? Drug found to stimulate tooth regrowth

Researchers have found that an Alzheimer’s drug triggers dentine regrowth, eliminating need for fillings.

Dental fillings could soon be a thing of the past, if groundbreaking new research from King’s College London makes it into clinics. Published this month in Scientific Reports, the paper explains how stem cell growth can be stimulated in tooth pulp, using a drug approved for Alzheimer’s treatment. The process generates new dentine, the mineralized material that protects the tooth, and could eliminate the need for fillings or cements.

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