Gel can end painful dental fillings


I recently went to a dentist for my dental fillings. I had two dental cavities. I remember six months before this visit during my routine dental check up my teeth were in good shape, but all of sudden I got two cavities. I have been told by my dentist to brush teeth two times in a day and floss once in a day in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Carelessness with the teeth can develop gum diseases and cavities, which will eventually lead to the loss of our precious teeth.  Believe me, nothing beats natural teeth.

If you have ever visited dentist for your dental cavities treatment, you might know that drilling and filling is the most common, safe and effective treatment. A recent research has developed first of its kind treatment process that neither require filling nor drilling to treat the infected teeth.

About Study
Recently, scientists developed a new gel or thin film that can eliminate the need to fill painful cavities or drill deep into the root canal of an infected tooth.  The gel or thin film contains a peptide known as, Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone (MSH) that encourages bone regeneration. The study has been reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and published in a journal ACS Nano.

Advantage over traditional drilling and filling
According to Hom-Lay Wang, a dentist at the University of Michigan,...

treating cavities without drilling “would have its advantages.” Cavities and drilling can destroy the nerves and blood vessels inside a tooth, making it more brittle and likely to fracture. Regenerating a tooth could help avoid crowns after a cavity has been filled.

Is it the vital solution to prevent cavities?
Researchers said that it’s not like toothpaste,” which can prevent cavities; however it can help control cavities after they develop.  People are still required to brush, floss and use mouthwash to prevent cavities from forming in the first place.

The study looks promising and seems effective for dentists to keep their drills away and provide painless treatment to patients. But, it requires several clinical trials, before the MSH-containing gels or films are available to treat cavities in humans. Hope the new treatment will make the trip to the dentist’s office more pleasant, as it may avoid necessity of drilling. Just a quick dab of gel or a thin film against an infected tooth could heal teeth from within.

Healthy Brushing!

Source: Discovery News

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