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Tooth decay could be lasered away with five-minute blast
Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:37AM BST 29 May 2014 | Alice Philipson

Posted on 05/29/2014 12:01:51 PM PDT by Olog-hai

The agony of root canal surgery and the need for tooth fillings could soon be ended after scientists discovered a way to make a rotting tooth repair itself using a laser beam.

Just five minutes under a laser was enough to kickstart the healing process inside the mouth, the researchers found. The new technique—although only tested on rats so far—could prevent the need for fillings for some types of decay, and may eventually replace painful and expensive root canal treatment.

Researchers, which included experts from the US government’s dental research team, found a blast of intense light from a laser activated a chemical in the mouth which “woke up” stem cells within the tooth. The stem cells then formed new dentine, the hard core of the tooth that can easily rot away, around twelve weeks later. …

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous; Science
KEYWORDS: cavities; dentalcare; dentine; laser; rootcanal; stemcells; teeth; toothdecay

1 posted on 05/29/2014 12:01:51 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Too bad the tooth gets blasted away with it!


2 posted on 05/29/2014 12:03:30 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Olog-hai

Kewel


3 posted on 05/29/2014 12:05:51 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Olog-hai

Yes, but what kind of carbon footprint does it make.


4 posted on 05/29/2014 12:06:56 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Global Warming is caused by illegal immigrants!)
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To: Olog-hai

I bet the smoke is stinky


5 posted on 05/29/2014 12:07:42 PM PDT by equalator
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To: Olog-hai

I thought that pulling the bag from Ugly Bob’s face would also kill tooth decay. Would also make one a Canadian hero.


6 posted on 05/29/2014 12:08:22 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Olog-hai
Here's a picture of the device.


7 posted on 05/29/2014 12:11:49 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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8 posted on 05/29/2014 12:12:23 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Olog-hai
The stem cells then formed new dentine, the hard core of the tooth that can easily rot away, around twelve weeks later. …

If it doesn't produce new enamel wouldn't the dentine rot away again?

9 posted on 05/29/2014 12:14:00 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Olog-hai

The biggest surprise is they are doing dental research at all in the UK.


10 posted on 05/29/2014 12:17:50 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer

Probably with the idea of earning export dollars . . .


11 posted on 05/29/2014 12:23:47 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman
Lots of money in private dental practice in the UK ..


12 posted on 05/29/2014 12:39:40 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Neidermeyer

Lol, my eyes !!!


13 posted on 05/29/2014 12:52:31 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: VRW Conspirator

New carbon taxes, so it’s a win win.


14 posted on 05/29/2014 12:54:17 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Olog-hai
Watch your back! The Cavity Creeps have a laser too.

WE MAKE HOLES IN TEETH

15 posted on 05/29/2014 1:00:59 PM PDT by Constitution Day (WE MAKE HOLES IN TEETH)
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To: LongWayHome

You should see the pic at the link...


16 posted on 05/29/2014 1:03:31 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Olog-hai

The problem with science these days is that findings like this, that are extremely preliminary, get reported in the press. If and when this is ready for prime time clinical testing, then let the news media tells us about it. Everyone wants to be a rock star, including a big swath of the scientific community these days.


17 posted on 05/29/2014 1:11:48 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Olog-hai

I doubt it.


18 posted on 05/29/2014 1:12:19 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: Olog-hai; Perdogg; Impy; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA

Just hold still, Mr. Bond. This won't hurt a bit.

19 posted on 05/29/2014 1:50:22 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Neidermeyer

20 posted on 05/29/2014 1:53:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Neidermeyer

Isnt that Shane McGowan?


21 posted on 05/29/2014 1:53:52 PM PDT by BudgieRamone (Everybody loves a bonk on the head.)
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To: Olog-hai

“...only tested on Rats so far.”

So start at the neckline.


22 posted on 05/29/2014 4:31:11 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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