New mineralized material has been developed than can regenerate hard tissues such as enamel and bone.
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London are working on the materials that are precise, and look and behave like dental enamel. Their findings were published Friday in the journal Nature Communications.
The new material could be used for the prevention and treatment of tooth decay or tooth sensitivity, which is known as dentin hypersensitivity, researchers said.
“This is exciting because the simplicity and versatility of the mineralization platform opens up opportunities to treat and regenerate dental tissues,” first author Dr Sherif Elsharkawy, a dentist and professor at Queen Mary’s School of Engineering and Materials Science, said in a press release. “For example, we could develop acid resistant bandages that can infiltrate, mineralize, and shield exposed dentinal tubules of human teeth for the treatment of dentin hypersensitivity.”