Tarry for the Nonce

July 26, 2006

We Can Smile Again

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 5:28 pm

Father Kish noticed that Canada is able to produce one useful thing besides Lucy Maud Montgomery: teeth!

Snaggle-toothed hockey players and sugar lovers may soon rejoice as Canadian scientists said they have created the first device able to re-grow teeth and bones . . .

[Engineering Professor and Nano-Circuit Design Expert Jie] Chen helped create the tiny ultrasound machine that gently massages gums and stimulates tooth growth from the root once inserted into a person’s mouth, mounted on braces or a removable plastic crown.

I know I was devastated at the age of 16 when a dentist told me I had my very first cavity. I have still not recovered from the trauma. Perhaps now I can be restored to my formerly perfect state.

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3 Comments

  1. You did have that cavity taken care of, didn’t you, Ms. Walker?

    Comment by Matt C. Abbott — July 27, 2006 @ 12:00 am

  2. Where do they get the root to insert into the jaw and gum, a cadaver? I have a back molar that is mostly root, the upper part is now only a memory…could these guys actually grow it back? It was a great eating tooth, sorely missed. Incredible story, why is it not frontpage news and on all the TV news programs? Is there a hitch?

    Comment by Father Joe — July 30, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

  3. I recall a journal article that indicated scientists had found a way to re-grow teeth on chickens (yeah, you heard that), but they were years away from growing them on humans (unless, of course, I read the article years ago). Anyway, it seems like the Canadadians have found a way to stimulate growth…. fascinating. Its too bad everything costs an arm, a leg, and a foot now-a-days. This stuff could really help people.

    Why is everyone so greedy?! What’s wrong with people?! Where did all the flowers go?!

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 1, 2006 @ 12:06 pm


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