Researchers from China have created a new gel that treats and lays teeth, as well as self-restoring tooth enamel.
The authors of the innovative dental gel are scientists at Zhejiang University. The authors of the innovative dental gel are scientists at Zhejiang University.The authors of the innovative dental gel are scientists at Zhejiang University. The authors of the innovative dental gel are scientists at Zhejiang University.
The developers note that their product can replace dental fillings with amalgam and other known materials.
Researchers responded that despite the fact that enamel is a solid material, it can wear out saliva and chewing, which leads to the formation of voids, which are now filled with fillings, so that the teeth do not decompose further.
Due to the fact that the fillings are made of foreign materials such as metal, porcelain and resin, they are not seamlessly attached to the surface of the tooth and are often separated from it.
To overcome this problem, researchers at Zhejiang University in China have created a gel containing calcium and phosphate, which are part of this enamel - to try to stimulate tooth restoration.
The developers tested the gel by applying it to teeth removed from patients. They were then left for 48 hours in liquid containers designed to simulate the oral environment.
During this time, the gel stimulated the growth of new enamel, with research showing that the teeth have the same highly ordered arrangement of calcium and phosphate crystals as conventional enamel. The thickness of the new enamel was only 3 microns, which is approximately 400 times thinner than the standard enamel.
However, scientists note that the gel can be repeatedly applied to create a new protective layer. Now the team is testing the gel on mice and hopes to further test it on humans as well.