DENTAL NEWS: New Antibacterial Fillings from Tel Aviv University Could Combat Tooth Decay

There is hardly a human being on earth who doesn’t suffer from tooth decay, which is among the costliest and most widespread bacterial diseases. Virulent bacteria cause the acidification of tooth enamel and dentin, which, in turn, causes secondary caries.

Now researchers at Tel Aviv University offer hope that cavities can be conquered. They developed novel dental restorative (filling) materials with potent antibacterial capabilities. The research was recently published in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

According to the research, the resin-based composites – with the addition of antibacterial nano-assemblies – can hinder bacterial growth and viability on dental restorations, which are the main cause of recurrent cavities that can eventually lead to root canal treatment and tooth extractions.

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