A possible breakthrough in enamel regeneration has been reported in the Shropshire Star. Enamel damage is responsible for around fifty percent of tooth loss cases worldwide. However, the study featured in the science journal Nature Communications shows promising results.
Due to the fact that enamel is unable to re-grow, it has always been of vital importance to preserve it as much as possible. However, for some people, they may still find themselves with weakened enamel. These new results could be a step towards regenerating lost or damaged enamel and restoring teeth back to health. Not only can this material restore enamel but it can also help to prevent tooth decay and sensitivity.
The researchers involved say that they have discovered a protein that can trigger a similar process to how enamel is initially developed as the body grows. This process is said to be able to fully re-grow hard tissues like enamel or bone. Such a breakthrough could not only be beneficial to dental practises, but also for medical procedures. The lead author of the paper, Professor Alvaro Mata, has referred to the finding as a ‘key discovery’.