08/26/2016 / By Vicki Batts
Teeth are a very important part of the body; they allow us to eat, after all. Having a clean, bright smile is also considered to be an indicator of health and cleanliness, especially in modern society. However, many modern methods of maintaining healthy, perfect-looking teeth come with their own set of drawbacks.
Fortunately, researchers from King’s College London have developed a natural way to heal and repair damaged teeth, which will soon leave harmful dental amalgams as a thing of the past.
Their new technology, which is known as Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization (EAER), uses a small electric current to promote the tooth’s natural remineralization process. This technique allows teeth to be repaired easily, without needing to drill into affected teeth and place a filling.
EAER utilizes low-frequency currents to enhance the remineralization process which naturally keeps teeth healthy and strong. By manipulating this process, teeth can be repaired in a fairly non-invasive manner. Professor Nigel Pitts of King’s College London’s Dental Institute says that the way we typically approach dental care is less than perfect, and that the way we treat our teeth is far from ideal. Pitts says, “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.”
Compared to potentially toxic fillings and painful root canals, this new method surely seems like a dramatic improvement. The potential for mercury exposure from conventional dental amalgams is also totally removed by this new procedure. Even better, you get to keep your teeth intact. No drills; no injections; no pain! Pitts says that this new electrical method of repair can actually induce a few weeks’ worth of remineralization with ease. His goal is to bring this new technology to British dentists’ offices within three years, and eventually, to expand to the United States and other countries, as well.