For many people the thought of the dentist holds a sense of dread, especially when it comes to the drilling associated with filling dental caries.
Fortunately, according to studies being done at Kings College, London, this may soon be a thing of the past.
As you will soon discover, a new form of treatment is being studied which could be preferable to the current standard of filling teeth by allowing the tooth to rebuild itself through remineralisation.
According to Reminova: “With 2.3 billion sufferers annually, dental caries is one of the most common preventable diseases globally. Tooth decay normally develops in several stages, starting as a microscopic defect where minerals leach out of the tooth. Minerals continue to move in and out of the tooth in a natural cycle, but when too much mineral is lost, the enamel is undermined and the tooth is said to have developed a caries lesion (which can later become a physical cavity.) Dentists normally treat established cavities in a tooth by drilling to remove the decay and filling the tooth with a material such as amalgam or composite resin.”  New Approach to Tooth Decay
A new approach to dental cavities treatment is now being proposed whereby instead of filling the tooth with amalgam or resin, minerals are pushed back into the damaged tooth and the tooth is encouraged to rebuild itself. This process will include no drilling, injections or filling materials.
According to Dr Nigel Pitts from the Dental Institute at Kings College, London and one of the researchers working on this new treatment, “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 re-filling as, ultimately, each ‘repair’ fails.
Not only is our device kinder to the patient and better for their teeth,” he says, “but it’s expected to be at least as cost-effective as current dental treatment.”
Dr Nigel Pitts was recently interviewed by Sky News in which he explained a bit about this program and how tiny electric currents would be used to remineralize the tooth and hoping to restore natural mineralization where the tooth has been leached of important constituent minerals.
He focuses on the fact that they have taken patients opinions into consideration in their development of this new technology such as their dislike for dentist drills and the noise and vibration, as well as the importance of it being economically viable as an alternative.
It is believed that this new treatment will be available within the marketplace in about the next three years, possibly sooner depending on funding and Reminova is the company that has been set up specifically to introduce this new, innovative dental treatment into the marketplace.