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Tooth, Heal Thyself

Researchers stimulated the regrowth of teeth in mice.
An emerging field in dentistry known as regenerative endodontics is on the hunt for a natural solution that could do away with fillings. Researchers in the U.K. might have found one—they used a drug to stimulate the regrowth of teeth in mice.
02_03_Teeth_01 Source: William C. Shrout/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty

More than 86 percent of adults aged 20 to 39 are affected by tooth decay. This means most people have had at least one or two cavities filled in their lifetime, and probably more. A silicone-based cement is used by dentists worldwide to fill holes that

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