New biomimetic controlled-release capsules may help in periodontal disease

Aug. 22, 2012
Using a new technology, scientists report evidence pointing to dramatically reduced periodontal disease symptoms and regrowth of gum tissue.

A recent break-through in addressing periodontal disease comes from scientists at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Steven Little, PhD reports, "Our technology uses controlled-release capsules filled with a protein that would be injected in the pockets between the gums and the teeth." The capsules dissolve in the area where bacteria breed, releasing a protein that acts rather like a homing beacon to reduce inflammation and create an environment that is favorable for tissue regrowth.

Read more about the new findings from ScienceDaily.