To Avoid Root Canals, Teeth That Replace Themselves

Stem-Cell Research Makes Progress in Quest to Avoid the Dreaded Drill

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Could the days of the root canal, for decades the symbol of the most excruciating kind of minor surgery, finally be numbered?

Scientists have made advances in treating tooth decay that they hope will let them restore tooth tissue—and avoid the painful dental procedure. Several recent studies have demonstrated in animals that procedures involving tooth stem cells appear to regrow the critical, living tooth tissue known as pulp.

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