Let’s be honest: no one relishes going to the dentist’s office to get a cavity filled. The high-pitched whine of the drills alone is enough to make some people jump out of their skin.
For people who have “dentist anxiety” over the idea of having their teeth drilled and filled, there may soon be another option.
What is Tooth Decay?
Teeth are made up of four layers.
Enamel is the hard, protective, mineralized shell. Below that is dentin, a bone like substance which provides another protective mineralized layer. Underneath that, the tooth has a soft center called a pulp, which contains all the blood vessels and nerve endings. This is covered with cementum, another mineralized tissue.
When your diet and oral hygiene are not adequate, acid in your mouth dissolves the outer layers of your teeth, and tooth decay sets in.
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
* Tooth ache
* Pain when eating or drinking
* Sensitivity to cold or hot food
* Visible discolored spots on teeth
Usually a tooth decay is repaired with the assistance of a filling. This means that when tooth decay strikes, we have few options but to either suffer with the terrible pain or to visit the dentist for a drilling and filling.
How to Heal Cavities Without Drilling
A team of researchers from Japan have developed a way to fill cavities without having to go under the drill.
A paste made from a substance that is molecularly similar to tooth enamel has been developed and will soon be available at your dentist’s office, offering an opportunity for people who cry at the very idea of getting their teeth drilled and filled a chance to shed tears of joy—and maybe even alleviate some of that dentist-related anxiety.
How Does This Paste Work
The researchers who developed this groundbreaking cavity-filling method, headed by Kazue Yamagishi, created and tested a substance that is nearly identical to natural tooth enamel.
Their findings were astonishing: cavities filled with the pseudo-enamel paste were just as sturdy and stable as their metal or amalgam counterparts, if not more so.
The faux enamel paste allows for more efficient filling, as the cavity can be filled without the need to cut out part of a healthy tooth in order to reduce the chances of the spread of decay. The paste bonds with the tooth without the need for drilling, saving the tooth’s owner time and pain.
It should be noted that this paste is suitable for cavities in their early stages.
Can the Paste be Used at Home?
Although it would be nice if we could become our own dentists, because the synthetic enamel is extremely acidic, professional application of the paste by a dentist is required.
Its acidity and high concentration of hydrogen peroxide could cause inflammation of the gums, say the researchers. Other materials with similarly aggravating potential are already used on patients, they note.
How Soon will the Product be Available?
The product will be available to the public next year. It may be purchased by dentists from Dr. Kazue Yamagishi’s website. If your dentist opts to use Dr. Yamagishi’s synthetic enamel, you could be in and out with a cavity filling in less than 20 minutes—pain-free!
Other Natural Way to Heal Tooth Decay and Cavities
I would forgive you for laughing out loud at the idea of naturally healing your tooth decay. Many dentists think the idea is ludicrous and insist that the only way to heal cavities is through dental intervention.
However, studies from holistic dentists and the research of Dr. Weston A Price, showed that diet has an incredible impact on oral health, even more so than brushing, would you believe it? Well right now, you probably don’t.
I didn’t know myself that teeth can re-mineralize, but looking at webMD website, this a natural process by which minerals are redeposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids.
Also Livestrong website talks about re-mineralization toothpastes that can bind to the tooth surface to aid in re-mineralization of the enamel, decreasing the risk of cavity formation.
How to Prevent Tooth Decay
Although this amazing breakthrough in dental technology is welcome news for all who feel nervous about getting a cavity filled, it’s no substitute for good oral hygiene.
Brushing daily using a good toothpaste and regular flossing is the best way to keep your mouth free from tooth decay and pain.