Root canals are no fun, ranking high on most people’s list of dreaded dental procedures. Although the lengthy (and sometimes painful) surgery relieves the agony of an infection, a root canal results in a dead tooth with no living soft tissue, or dental pulp, inside. Now, scientists report the development of a peptide hydrogel designed to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and dental pulp within a tooth after the procedure, a procedure that could help save infected teeth.
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Vivek Kumar and Peter Nguyen at the New Jersey Institute of Technology presented their findings at the 256th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Boston.