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February 26, 2005

Dental therapy that regenerates the tooth enamel rather than drilling

Topics: Health Issues

Apparently this synthetic enamel not only repairs teeth but also protects teeth from cavity at the same time. Is this the new wave in dentistry?

Unlike skins or bones, the tooth enamel, which forms the hard surface of a tooth, does not regenerate itself once damaged. Therefore, the conventional dental treatment includes drilling of the decayed part of a tooth and filling the hole with resin or metal alloy dental materials.

However, such therapy has its limits in the sense that it makes the teeth liable to recur. The problem is that 60% of dental therapy is said to be a retreatment of the teeth once treated, and that is because the dental materials such as resin or metal alloy are totally different from a tooth in composition and structure, and those differences cause tooth decay at the contact point.

Dental therapy that regenerates the tooth enamel rather than drilling the decayed part is the ultimate approach to therapy which every dentist in the world should seek. Dr. Kazue Yamagishi of the FAP Dental Institute has succeeded in developing such a therapy, and thinks in the near future that this therapy will provide a tremendous decrease in the total incidence of tooth decay by applying it to tooth decay prevention.

Posted by Hyscience at February 26, 2005 11:55 PM

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