The Future of Tooth Repair
A Look at Innovative Tooth Repair Treatments That Could Replace Fillings in The Future
If you’re prone to cavities, you are probably tired of getting fillings. Not only is this dental treatment uncomfortable, but fillings tend to fall out over time and need replacing. The only way you can truly prevent cavities is by avoiding junk food, flossing and brushing your teeth frequently. Along with visiting your Gatineau dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning. Properly taking care of your dental hygiene does pay off. It leaves you with healthier teeth and gums and reduces your chance of developing cavities and gum disease.
For those who are prone to cavities, there is some good news. The future of tooth repairs may no longer use fillings! Researchers at King’s College London are testing new dental treatments that could replace fillings altogether in a few years. In an attempt to be rid of fillings altogether, researchers are working on two possible tooth repair treatments that could be available at your dentist in the near future.
A Tooth Regeneration Drug
Researchers found that a drug called Tideglusib promotes tooth regeneration in mice. This drug—which has been previously tested on humans as a potential treatment for dementia—increases stem cell activity in the dental pulp, which results in tooth regeneration.
By soaking a biodegradable sponge in the drug, placing it in the hole of the tooth, and applying a protective coating on top, researchers were able to repair 0.13 mm holes in the teeth of mice. As the sponge broke down, it was replaced by dentine and the tooth was healed. While these researchers are testing to see if the treatment will work on larger cavities, they have hope that the treatment will be available for dentist use in three to five years.
Electrical Treatment to Repair Enamel
Another innovative treatment for repairing cavities is using electricity to force minerals into the tooth enamel and strengthen teeth. By applying a mixture of minerals on the tooth and then using an electric current to push the minerals deep into the tooth, the remineralization of the tooth can reduce cavities and strengthen teeth.
Although teeth have natural regenerative abilities, these healing abilities are far from repairing those dreadful cavities. But this current research into tooth repair does provide hope that teeth will be able to heal themselves with a little help from innovative treatments. Hopefully, the future of tooth repair will arrive sooner than later. But, in the meantime, try to avoid cavities by taking care of your dental hygiene and visiting your Gatineau dentist regularly.