AN innovative cavity treatment, designed by scientists at King’s College London (KCL), United Kingdom, and announced this week, may eliminate the need for drilling, injections, and even pain.
Rather than removing decay and refilling a cavity with man-made materials, Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER) encourages teeth to patch up on their own.
The technique reverses the decay process by fast-tracking the natural conglomeration of calcium and phosphate minerals in the tooth, causing it to re-mineralise and restore its health.
Along with fighting tooth decay, EAER can also be used to whiten teeth, according to Professor Nigel Pitts from KCL’s Dental Institute.
“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 treatments.”
The two-step technique first readies the decayed enamel, then sends electric currents to attract the minerals that encourage the natural repair process.
According to researchers, the electric currents used in EAER are so small the patient cannot feel them.
Prof Pitts says the product could revolutionise dentistry.
“The way we treat teeth today is not ideal,” he says, explaining, “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.”
Fundraising efforts are in the works and treatment could be available within three years. – AFP Relaxnews