Realistically, the translation of truly regenerative treatments to clinical practice is likely a longer term goal, so the need for improved reparative/restorative materials is undeniable. Simple examples are direct dental restorations and root canal obturations. A lot of money and further damage to native tissues would be saved if we could come up with better materials. Also, since these materials reside in the oral cavity, there is an opportunity to use them as bioactive and biosensing hubs.
Comment No. 58