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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:08 am

Smile! A new Canadian tool can re-grow teeth say inventors

Wed Jun 28, 4:47 PM ET

OTTAWA (AFP) - Snaggle-toothed hockey players and sugar lovers may soon rejoice as Canadian scientists said they have created the first device able to re-grow teeth and bones.

The researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton filed patents earlier this month in the United States for the tool based on low-intensity pulsed ultrasound technology after testing it on a dozen dental patients in Canada.

"Right now, we plan to use it to fix fractured or diseased teeth, as well as asymmetric jawbones, but it may also help hockey players or children who had their tooth knocked out," Jie Chen, an engineering professor and nano-circuit design expert, told AFP.

Chen helped create the tiny ultrasound machine that gently massages gums and stimulates tooth growth from the root once inserted into a person's mouth, mounted on braces or a removable plastic crown.

The wireless device, smaller than a pea, must be activated for 20 minutes each day for four months to stimulate growth, he said.

It can also stimulate jawbone growth to fix a person's crooked smile and may eventually allow people to grow taller by stimulating bone growth, Chen said.

Tarek El-Bialy, a new member of the university's dentistry faculty, first tested the low-intensity pulsed ultrasound treatment to repair dental tissue in rabbits in the late 1990s.

His research was published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and later presented at the World Federation of Orthodontics in Paris in September 2005.

With the help of Chen and Ying Tsui, another engineering professor, the initial massive handheld device was shrunk to fit inside a person's mouth.

It is still at the prototype stage, but the trio expects to commercialize it within two years, Chen said.

The bigger version has already received approvals from American and Canadian regulatory bodies, he noted.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:07 am

wow, I can regrow my teeth when I'm 75? :-D
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:19 am

Thats pretty cool!! I wanna regrow an extra arm or something
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:54 am

acsguitar wrote:Thats pretty cool!! I wanna regrow an extra arm or something


Technically, I don't think you can 'regrow' something that you didn't have in the first place. :-b
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Postby Madison » Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:20 pm

Interesting. I bet a whole lot of dentists hope this never comes to the market. :-b
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:13 pm

i bet this process will be banned in Britan, or at least largely unused
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu Jun 29, 2006 3:08 pm

Dan Lambskin wrote:i bet this process will be banned in Britan, or at least largely unused


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Postby suppasonic » Fri Jun 30, 2006 2:54 am

Of course the Canadian scientists are doing experiments to help hockey players...
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Postby theclefe » Sat Jul 01, 2006 8:52 am

This is great. I'm going to start pulling out my teeth now!

Does this mean when someone sings "all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth" they want a mouth vibrator?
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Postby The Miner Part 2 » Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:38 am

wow this is incredible. hopefully it's legit.

ok off to buy my cotton candy pillow.
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