Root canal alternative

Root canals are a pain

Endodontic therapy
Endodontic therapyCourtesy Jellocube27
A new gel could soon eliminate painful root canals. Actually, root canals are the hollow spaces inside teeth where nerves, blood vessels, and pulp fibroblast cells. When these tissues become infected a procedure called endodontic therapy completely removes these tissues, then decontaminates and fills the canal leaving a dead tooth.

Alternative keeps the tooth alive

"A team of French researchers has been working on a new approach that uses nanostructured and functionalized multilayered films to help regenerate teeth and fill in cavities" MedGadget

The scientists showed in laboratory tests alpha-MSH combined with a widely-used polymer produced a material that fights inflammation in dental pulp fibroblasts. American Chemical Society

It works in mice

"So far, the French scientists applied either a film or gel, both of which contained MSH, to cavity-filled mice teeth. After about one month, the cavities had disappeared", (said Benkirane-Jessel via msnbc).

Read the research

The research is described in ACS Nano; Nanostructured Assemblies for Dental Application

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Shana's picture
Shana says:

That is super awesome! My poor mom has had so many cavities and root canals--I'll have to forward this to her.

posted on Mon, 07/12/2010 - 9:22am
Gus's picture
Gus says:

Except it still has to go through about a decade of testing before it ever helps your mother.

posted on Mon, 07/12/2010 - 11:34am
Shana's picture
Shana says:

True, but I think she will still have teeth then :) Plus it's just too neat!

posted on Mon, 07/12/2010 - 5:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

When will this become available in the US?

posted on Sat, 07/31/2010 - 3:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Can it regenerate a whole tooth that is missing?

posted on Sat, 08/07/2010 - 4:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Tue, 08/31/2010 - 5:01pm

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