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Dentists aim for drill-free future

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 09:20 PM

A new idea to encourage teeth to repair themselves may see the end of the fear-inducing sound of the dentist's drill, researchers say.

Researchers at King's College London believe electricity can be used to strengthen a tooth by forcing minerals into the layer of enamel.

They hope it will get rid of the need for drills, injections and fillings.


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 09:35 PM

Don't some dentists already use electricity?

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 09:40 PM

I wish they'd find a replacement for the novocaine injection.  That needle to the gum would bring a tear to a glass eye.

"You'll feel a slight scratch"????  Grr.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:09 PM


Years ago we were all told about how lasers would be used to zap away only the decay and leave the healthy part as drilling always meant that a large portion of healthy tooth was removed too.
They showed offices where it was in use and showed promise but a couple of decades or so later and what do we have now? Drills.

Sorry to say but I do not see this going anywhere either.

View PostEldorado, on 16 June 2014 - 09:40 PM, said:

I wish they'd find a replacement for the novocaine injection.  That needle to the gum would bring a tear to a glass eye.

"You'll feel a slight scratch"????  Grr.

I had a injection delivered once to my lip and another time to my nose. Hurt like hell and made my eyes water. The lip was worse and they did this tome as a small kid too.
What is worse is that some dentists seem to think your mouth is a portable dart board. "Grrrr" indeed.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 01:49 AM

I'm still waiting on the injection that causes a new tooth to simply grow in.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:57 AM

Hopefully they will make some progress in this area. There is nothing worse then an injection in your mouth, i hate them dentists.

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