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No More Drilling and Fillings: Kelowna Dentists Discuss New Tooth Decay Treatment

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Imagine walking into your scheduled appointment at your local Kelowna dental clinic to have a cavity filled and repaired. Instead of reaching for a needle and a drill, your dentist reaches for a magic wand, and with a flick of their wrist, painlessly heals your tooth in a few minutes. Although this sounds like a scene from a children’s TV show, this idea may not be so far fetched.

Teeth can repair themselves…to a point

Tongues and saliva are full of calcium and phosphate, and they are always at work remineralizing the enamel on your teeth, but sometimes sugary and acidic foods are too much for them to handle on their own. When this imbalance happens, tooth decay and cavities begin to appear.

When a tooth shows signs of decay, a cavity forms. Before the cavity can grow and become painful, Kelowna dentists will drill into the affected tooth exposing the cavity. Decay is then removed, and a composite filling is added to fill the hole and rebuild the tooth.

Is drilling coming to an end in dentistry?

A group of researchers in London thinks so.

There’s a new technique in the works, and it’s called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization (EAER). This technique electrically sends a little pulse of minerals into the affected area of the tooth and essentially reverses and repairs the stages of tooth decay. Researchers at the King’s College in London are confident this procedure could be used by even our own Kelowna dentists in less than five years.

Sometimes amalgam or composite fillings need to be repaired, whether the filling has worn out or the cavity has returned. Since this new healing procedure would only be needed once per unhealthy tooth, irregular and frequent trips to the dentist could be avoided in the future.

Even though this product is still in the early stages of development, researchers predict that EAER will cost less or just as much as current composite fillings do, and that this process actually whitens teeth as well.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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