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New Decay Treatment for Teeth Could Make Fillings Obsolete

By    |   Tuesday, 17 June 2014 08:14 AM

A new tooth decay treatment developed by researchers at King's College London might possibly allow dentists to do away with fillings entirely.

The new Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER) reportedly speeds up the natural process of a damaged tooth filling itself with calcium and phosphate materials, eliminating the use of amalgam or composite resin commonly used by dentists as fillings, The Guardian reported.

"The way we treat teeth today is not ideal," Nigel Pitts, a professor at King's College London's Dental Institute, told the newspaper. "When we repair a tooth by putting in a filling, that tooth enters a cycle of drilling and refilling as, ultimately, each 'repair' fails."

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"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," Pitts continued. "Along with fighting tooth decay, our device can also be used to whiten teeth."

Scientists tout the new method as pain-free and absent of any drilling or injections, something that would bring joy to millions who currently make regular trips to the dentist's office. The two-step process, according to The Guardian, prepares the damaged area of enamel, then uses a tiny electric current to push minerals into the repair site. The procedure will reportedly be available to patients in three years.

The Telegraph reported that the Scottish company Reminova Ltd. is looking for private investors to further advance the technique. The company was created out the King's College London Dental Innovation and Translation Centre, which was established to find commercial uses for new techniques.

The new King's College method is just the start of new treatments that may make the use of drills more limited, according to The Telegraph. For example, U.S. dental researchers were recently able to use a blast of intense light from a laser beam to activate a chemical in the mouth to spur stem cell activity within the tooth.

Researchers of that treatment claimed, according to The Telegraph, that the stem cells formed new dentine, the hard core of the tooth, about 12 weeks later.

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