• 01 APR 16
    Dental patients could be spared the drill with new diagnostic liquid

    Dental patients could be spared the drill with new diagnostic liquid

    The days of the dreaded dental drill-and-fill as the standard solution for tooth decay may be numbered if a discovery by a Creighton University School of Dentistry professor continues to advance.

    Douglas Benn DDS PhD has created a simple diagnostic liquid solution that can be applied to the surface of a patient’s teeth prior to a dental X-ray and which will help show dentists whether a tooth has cavitated decay or is pre cavity. The diagnostic liquid will help dentists to more readily see cavitated decay on a standard X-ray, and will also allow the dentist to use recently developed topical products to arrest tooth decay at an early stage, thereby preserving healthy tooth structure and utilising a simple, pain-free method of detection and treatment, without anaesthesia or drilling.

    Dental caries – otherwise known as tooth decay – is the most common infection in the world and probably the one producing the most anxiety in potential dental patients. Caries goes through two stages: an initial non-cavitated state where decay can stop and no filling is needed, and a later cavitated state where a filling is often needed to stop decay from progressing. Currently, dentists do not have a test to determine the difference between the two states, and this leads to the standard treatment: a drilling and a filling. But decay doesn’t automatically mean a cavity, and the filling cure can often be more trouble than it’s worth.

    From: https://www.sciencedaily.com

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