We all know that very few people enjoy going to the dentist, especially for a filling.
It’s known that dentist usually treats a cavity by removing the damaged part of the tooth. What they do next is to fill the hole with porcelain or a combination of silver and other metals.
But is filling the cavity with a foreign material really the best treatment? What if the tooth could repair itself with its own material – DENTINE?
Researchers at King’s College London have found a process that may replace the traditional method.
They say that the research is close to perfecting a method of helping teeth to repair themselves. The treatment may make the filling of a cavity a thing of the past.
A statement by Paul Sharpe of King’s Collegea concludes that the new treatment for cavities is simpler. It uses a drug that causes the tooth to fill in the hole naturally with dentine: “It involves putting a drug on a little sponge that goes inside the tooth, in the hole that the dentist made. It stimulates this natural process, which is starting to occur anyway following the damage, but it over-activates the process so you actually get the big hole repaired and the repair is a production of the natural material, the dentine.”
The coincidence is that this drug that produces the regrowth in teeth has already been approved. It is a drug currently used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders of the nervous system. The researchers explained that when using this already-approved drug to repair cavities, they use only a small amount and they use it locally. Usually that means the medicine is put directly on the affected area and it does not travel through the patient’s blood.
“We are using much smaller doses and we’re delivering them locally, just in a tooth.”
Nigel Carter notes that the next step will be re-growing a tooth as a major development. But also, Carter has a warning: “Actually re-growing the tooth that’s been lost with a cavity would be really a huge step forward. But, it’s also important that we remember that we shouldn’t be getting the cavity in the first place. We’re talking about a totally preventable disease.”