Researchers at King's College London are working on a device for tooth decay that would fix cavities without the need for fillings. Woohoo!
The two-step process, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER), involves an electric current that spurs decayed teeth to repair themselves. Now you just a have to wait three years to try it, or in “dentist time,” six cleanings.
But, it’s not magic. The new technique is expected to treat tooth decay at various stages, but the electric current more than likely won’t work on that crater that you’ve been ignoring for years.
Professor Nigel Pitts, from King's College London's Dental Institute, said: "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 refilling as, ultimately, each 'repair' fails.
"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. Along with fighting tooth decay, our device can also be used to whiten teeth."
You had me at “kinder device,” Professor.
Source: Huffington Post