July 10, 2014

The Future: Lasers Repair Teeth

A Harvard team of researchers has used a low-power laser to induce human dental stem cells to form dentin, the internal structure of a tooth.  They also described how it worked on a molecular level.

The procedure involves introducing the laser into holes in rodent molars, while they are in the mouth, to treat the tooth pulp that contains adult dental stem cells.  After twelve weeks, high resolution radiographic imaging confirmed the laser treatments triggered enhanced dentin formation.

Human clinical trials are proposed.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc.,
 Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
(661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com
5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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