Dr. Edwards' Blog
Filling Without Drilling -- November 22, 2011
It's quite ironic that the one dental tool that can give patients in pain the most relief is the same one that keeps them out of the dental office! No question -- it's the drill.
But what about getting fillings without drilling?! Researchers in the UK believe they've found a way to tackle tooth decay, reverse acid damage and actually re-build teeth -- no drill required.
Chemists at the University of Leeds have developed a revolutionary new way to treat the first signs of tooth decay. Their solution is to arm dentists with a peptide-based fluid they can literally paint onto the tooth's surface. The peptide technology is based on knowledge of how the tooth forms in the first place and stimulates regeneration of the tooth defect.
"This may sound too good to be true, but we are essentially helping acid-damaged teeth to regenerate themselves. It is a totally natural non-surgical repair process and is entirely pain-free too," said Professor Jennifer Kirkham, from the University of Leeds Dental Institute, who has led development of the new technique.
This technique recently was tested on a small group of adults whose dentist had spotted the initial signs of tooth decay. The promising results from this small trial showed that using the peptide fluid can indeed reverse the damage and regenerate the tooth tissue.
Now it will be tested in larger groups to see if the results are the same. If they are, this pioneering treatment could be available to dentists all over the world in a matter of only two or three years.
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