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July 21st, 2008

Ultrasound could 're-grow' broken teeth in just 12 weeks

Abstract:
In a separate development, scientists revealed recently that teeth broken in an accident could soon be 'regrown' using an ultrasound machine half the size of a thumbnail.

The process could take just 12 weeks. Ultrasound is already used to help heal broken bones, now the technology is being applied to teeth.

Nanotechnology, which can reduce electronic circuitry to one thousandth of the size of a human hair, has enabled scientists to develop an ultrasound device small enough to fit inside the mouth.

A wafer-thin ultrasound chip, which is preprogrammed so that it turns on automatically, can be clipped onto the teeth. When it is on, ultrasound waves massage the gums to stimulate and increase blood flow to produce new tooth tissue.

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