Innovative Tooth Decay Treatment Means End Of Drilling And Fillings

Scientists in the UK are developing a new dental technique that could eliminate the need for drilling and fillings.

Researchers at King’s College London are working on a tooth-rebuilding treatment that helps decayed teeth to repair themselves, reports the Daily Mail.

Dentists normally remove tooth decay by drilling, after which the cavity is filled with a material such as amalgam or composite resin.

The new two-step process, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization (EAER), accelerates the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth.

The innovative treatment, to be commercialized by Reminova Ltd, prepares the damaged area of the enamel, then uses a tiny electric current to push minerals into the tooth to repair the damaged site.

The tooth is remineralized in a painless process that involves no injections, no drills and no filling materials.

Electric currents are already used by dentists to check the pulp or nerve of a tooth, notes The Independent.

The new technique may be available on the market in just three short years.

“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,” professor Nigel Pitts from the Dental Institute at King’s College London said in a statement.

“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,” Pitts said. “Along with fighting tooth decay, our device can also be used to whiten teeth.”

While the technique is expected to replace the need for many existing fillings, the electric current probably will not work on late-stage cavities.



How to Eat With Dental Braces – 10 Helpful Tips

Eating can be quiet a challenge during the first few painful weeks in braces — especially if you are trying to eat holiday food for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Chanukah! Brackets are poking into your gums and cheeks, and you just can’t seem to chew properly.
When you get braces on your teeth, you may find that your teeth don’t touch the way they did before, which changes the way you chew. As your treatment continues and your teeth shift, you may continually need to adapt to biting and chewing in a slightly different way. How long will eating be a challenge? Most people find that they are more comfortable and can chew food more properly in 2 to 3 weeks after the braces go on. Patience is the key.

Here are some tips to make it easier for you to cope:

  1. Slow down. Chew slowly and carefully, and cut your food into small pieces. Forget about taking big bites of anything, or wolfing down your food. The key word here is: SLOW!
  2. Stick to soft food. Eventually you’ll be able to eat steak again. But for the next few weeks, lean toward soft foods.
  3. Avoid stringy foods, especially if you have a palate expander. You may love to wind your spaghetti around your fork, but for now it would be better for you to cut it into small pieces, or it will get wound around your brackets. Also, be careful with foods that get stringy when they melt, like mozzarella cheese.
  4. Forget the nuts and seeds. These will get stuck in your brackets and drive you crazy until you finally brush and get them out. Ditto for the hulls of popcorn. Sticky foods will likely stick to your brackets and be hard to clean off. You also want to avoid biting into anything hard that may break or pop off a bracket.
  5. Bite with the side of your mouth. It may be virtually impossible to bite into anything with your front teeth for a while. Get used to biting with your side teeth, instead. Besides, if you try to bite into a burrito with your front teeth, your front brackets will probably get plastered with tortilla.
  6. Speaking of burritos, beware of anything with large hidden chunks of meat or vegetables, like burritos or sandwich wraps. Bite carefully into those types of foods so that you don’t choke, or better yet, eat them with a fork and knife instead.
  7. Sushi will be very challenging and could gag you. You should probably cut it in half instead of trying to pop an entire piece of it into your mouth.
  8. Treat yourself to something cold, such as ice cream, popsicles, or frozen yogurt. The cold temporarily dulls the pain from your braces. (For longer lasting pain relief, check out the gumEase product).
  9. Develop an arsenal of soft food recipes. You don’t need to sentence yourself to boring soups and shakes. There are several cookbooks that can help you prepare healthy, delicious meals, such as The Braces CookbookThe Braces Cookbook2Tender Teeth Cookbook, and Surviving Braces. Also check out the soft food suggestions on our sister website,
  10. If eating becomes too uncomfortable because of mouth sores or poking brackets, apply plenty of dental wax or dental silicone. Or tray a new product called Comfort Brace.

The first few weeks of braces are the worst. But after your gums toughen up with scar tissue, and you get used to chewing and eating differently, you’ll find that food isn’t giving you as much trouble as it was before. In a few months, you’ll be able to manage some crunchy food, and wearing braces won’t be as much of a painful ordeal.


Why Is there Pain after a Root Canal

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There are a number of possible causes of pain after the completion of a root canal. After a root canal is completed no living pulp tissue remains inside the tooth, but nerve endings remain in the ligaments that attach the tooth to the surrounding bone. These ligaments have nerve fiber associated with them that can feel pain. They are the source of any post root canal pain. Continue reading Why Is there Pain after a Root Canal