For years, I never understood why people feared their dentist and then as an adult, I got my first filling. My first cavity was accompanied by four others and had to be taken care of in a series of appointments, which were indisputably less pleasant than my previous checkups.
Many people steer clear of the dentist with hopes of avoiding the drill (and now I understand why). But if dental anxiety is causing you to pass on dental visits altogether, you may be causing serious harm to your smile. Luckily, scientists in the UK claim to have found an effective new way to fill cavities without drilling.
The new technique involves mimicking tooth enamel production. The researchers were able to recreate a protein in liquid form that can be painted on the tooth. In about a month after application, the solution is said to form a layer of protein that regenerates enamel and strengthens the tooth.
The method has been licensed by a Swiss firm for further testing. Time will tell if this drilling alternative will be adopted by practicing dentists.
Would this type of filling put you at ease for your next dentist appointment?
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