Melatonin gel, Smad7 protein, or perhaps some other method? Oral mucositis caused by radio and chemotherapy may be ultimately defeated soon. Scientists from Granada and Colorado, after many years of research suggest drugs that are likely to improve the quality of life and revolutionize anti side effects treatment of patients undergoing cancer therapy. Read full text »
Crocodile teeth grow continuously throughout the animal’s life. When a bad tooth falls out, a new one grows immediately in its place. This phenomenon has inspired scientists to look for a new breed of human laboratory-grown teeth. So far, the success could already be claimed by a number of research groups over the globe. The results of the experiments however did not give a hope for the use of this phenomenal approach in the dental clinics in a large-scale. King’s College in London, however, has set an important milestone on the way to the true immortality of our smile. Read full text »
Dental implant treatment is becoming more popular around the world, often replacing traditional prosthetic treatment. Dental implant market is growing rapidly. Unfortunately, for some patients this treatment is not available due to systemic and local contraindications. With the discovery of the Universitat Jaume I scientists in Castellón comes a great oportunity for a group of patients who have been refused a dental implant treatment before.
Periodontitis is the second most common disease of the oral cavity worldwide. In the United States it affects 30-50% of the population, while in Germany about 12 million people suffer from periodontitis. Apart from the obvious problems arising from the loss of connective tissue attachment and alveolar bone structure, periodontal inflammation can lead to a general infection of the body. Fraunhofer Institute of Cell Therapy and Immunology has designed artificial discs detecting 11 main bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. Read full text »
Mature dental pulp is similar to the embryonic tissue. It is a mixture of components such as nerves, blood vessels or lymphatic vessels, but importantly, it also contains Schwann cells, multipotent cells and neuropeptides that regulate growth and differentiation of neurons. Because of this unique composition of the tooth pulp, it has been recognized by numerous research teams involved in regenerative medicine. Japanese scientists have demonstrated the usefulness of the dental tissues in the regeneration of damaged nerves in a xeno-graft model. Read full text »