Diamonds may shine be sparkly and bright, but have you considered putting that bling in your mouth?
UCLA scientists have — and they have come up with something.
Safer and Stronger Root Canals
A report by the American Chemistry Social journal Nano demonstrates that nanodiamonds — which are literally diamond chips — have the capacity to enhance root canals, making them stronger and protecting them.
Normally during root canals, infected or damaged pulp will be cleaned out deep within a tooth. The pocket is then filled with a rubber compound known as gutta-percha. If the patient’s tooth becomes infected, or the root canal fails, more treatment is needed. To be able to avoid this, scientists have been experimenting with different kinds of filler material.
A New Type of Compound
At UCLA, a group of researchers took a closer look nanodiamonds — diamond so miniscule that millions could fit on the head of the pin. The team combined the nanodiamonds with gutta-percha and the amoxicillin antibiotic to form a new kind of filler compound.
The diamonds, the researchers said, were useful because of their “versatile faceted surface chemistry, biocompatibility, and their role in improving mechanical properties.”
What did they find? The nanodiamond compound is stronger than gutta-percha alone, and it has the added advantage of being able to kill bacteria.
The nanodiamond root canal filler has not been tested on humans yet — so the jury’s still out on whether the term “diamonds are forever” can be applied to teeth.