Dental materials used in caries treatment, do not interact with biological tissues. Recently, however, scientists at the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Vassena at Harvard University managed to develop a synthetic biological material that starts the process of tissue regeneration of dentin and the restoration of the tooth. According to experts, this discovery can radically change the standards of dental treatment.
In particular, it is believed that the new biomaterial can be used in the composition of the fillings for the treatment of tissues damaged as a result of caries or dental intervention.
Research work received a silver medal at the Royal society on innovative technologies in the field of chemistry. The main aim of the competition is the practical application of innovative technologies in healthcare, energy, environment, natural resources, protection of water resources and materials. As the winner of the contest, a group of scientists receive support from the multinational partner company for the opening of the enterprise for the production of the material, as well as business of trainers, free advertising campaign and a cash prize in the amount of 3,500 thousand euros.
"Standard filling material is toxic to pulp tissues. In the case of pulpitis the dentist has to remove the damaged tissue, " says Dr. Adam Celis from the University of Nottingham. "We have developed a synthetic biomaterial that can be used instead of the filling material. The new biomaterial in the interaction with the tissue of the pulp is not only not harmful, but stimulates tissue regeneration of pulp and dentin, activating the natural stem cells of the tooth. Our methodology will allow you to change the process of treatment of pulpitis, and with the prize we will be able to develop the technology and release a product to the market."
"On the basis of innovative material can be developed a new effective approach for the treatment of caries, with self-healing tissue of the tooth," says David Mooney and Robert p. Pinkas, Professor in the Department of bioengineering in the School of engineering and applied Sciences John A. Paulson at the University of Harvard.