An amazing new technology to treat tooth decay has been discovered that actually involves growing new tooth tissue.
Many people dread going to the dentist, especially if they have a cavity that will require drilling and filling. They may put off the visit until the decay becomes so bad the tooth needs to be extracted. But now, all of that fear and pain may be a thing of the past.
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Researchers at the University of Leeds in the UK have found an incredible new technology that appears to actually reverse the decay process and rebuild tooth tissue. Tooth decay begins when bacteria in your mouth produce acid. The acid dissolves the minerals and creates tiny holes or pores in the tooth. These holes get bigger with time, eventually turning into a large cavity.
The remarkable new cavity treatment uses a fluid that contains a peptide called P 11-4. When painted on a tooth that has early signs of decay, the fluid enters the little pores and forms a gel. The gel serves as a framework for calcium to attach to, rebuilding the tooth from the inside.
Professor Jennifer Kirkham of the University of Leeds Dental Institute describes the technique as, "a totally natural non-surgical repair process and is entirely pain-free too."
What a blessing this will be for people who suffer from tooth decay but are afraid of the dentist!