One of the prize winners in the Materials category of our Emerging Technologies Competition received widespread media coverage for their innovative development of biomaterials for dental treatment.
Instead of acting as a dental filling, the materials could be placed in direct contact with the pulp tissue inside the tooth, stimulating the stem cells to repair and regenerate one of the tooth’s layers.
“We hope to eventually encourage dentin regeneration”, explained Dr Adam Celiz, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, whose team developed the technology. “Dentin is the protective layer that sits on top of the pulp tissue. It acts as a barrier between the enamel and the soft tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels and cells.