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Clark Howard: Growing teeth

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Updated: 8/15/2013 10:10 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A new breakthrough in science could find a replacement for the root canal. Consumer Advisor Clark Howard tells you how scientists are experimenting with growing teeth.

If you're one of those people who hates going to the dentist because you hate the sound of the drill, it's
just something that tenses you up, tightens you up ...the whole thought of going to the dentist.

Well let me tell you, it's not going to be as bad as an experience as you are used to. Let me hit you with some things.

First new laser technology is making it possible for dentists to do significant dental work without you having to be sedated,
to have Novocaine or whatever. And it's possible for you to be treated without the discomfort or whirl of the drill.

The Wall Street Journal reports that within the next five years, it's very feasible that when you have a tooth that has decay or cavities, the tooth will be able to regenerate itself.

The science is far enough along that it is being done right now in England. That is in range that before this decade's
out, you'll go to a dentist with a rotting tooth and have it regrow itself.

We'll see, but I'll tell you going to the dentist doesn't have to be miserable anymore.

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Watch Clark Howard weekday mornings on Action News This Morning on FOX30 beginning at 7 a.m.
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