Today we have some good news and some bad news…. let us start with the good news.
and the good news are too good to be true… but Yes, they are true.
The good news: There may be a time in the near future when fillings for minor cavities are a thing of the past.
Researchers at King’s College London are developing a procedure that uses low frequency electrical currents to help teeth “self heal” lesions (sometimes referred to as cavities) without drilling.
The technology, called “electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralization,” could put an end to fillings for early-stage lesions and moderate tooth decay. And eventually it could lead to new treatments for more advanced decay.
The bad news: this new technology won’t be available before three years.
So you have to bare the drilling sound and anesthesia numbness for a while.
The new treatment, (EAER), accelerates the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth.
A two-step process first prepares the damaged area of enamel, then uses a tiny electric current to push minerals into the repair site.
Professor Nigel Pitts, from King’s College London’s Dental Institute, said: “The way we treat teeth today is not ideal. When we repair a tooth by putting in a filling, that tooth enters a cycle of drilling and refilling as, ultimately, each ‘repair’ fails.
“Not only is our device kinder to the patient and better for their teeth, but it’s expected to be at least as cost-effective as current dental treatments. Along with fighting tooth decay, our device can also be used to whiten teeth.”