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Nature. 2005 Feb 24;433(7028):819.

Materials chemistry: a synthetic enamel for rapid tooth repair.

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FAP Dental Institute, 3-2-1, Kakinokizaka, 502 Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0022, Japan.

Abstract

The conventional treatment of dental caries involves mechanical removal of the affected part and filling of the hole with a resin or metal alloy. But this method is not ideal for tiny early lesions because a disproportionate amount of healthy tooth must be removed to make the alloy or resin stick. Here we describe a dental paste of synthetic enamel that rapidly and seamlessly repairs early caries lesions by nanocrystalline growth, with minimal wastage of the natural enamel.

PMID:
15729330
DOI:
10.1038/433819a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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