King’s College of London researchers developed a new technique for repairing teeth with cavities that doesn’t involve drilling or adding any additional materials to the teeth called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization (EAER).
The EAER procedure uses a two-step process in which the tooth is first prepared then a tiny electrical current is applied to accelerate the potassium and calcium minerals to the damaged tooth. Professor Nigel Pitts, from King’s College of London‘s Dental Institute points out: “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” because the repairs are going to “fail”.
Pitts also stated that , “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.”
This amazing innovation may not be available for mainstream use for several more years, but it does promise to be a major game changer in the field of dentistry.
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