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No drill tooth repair developed in Britain

An image from Omne Bonum (14th century) depicting a dentist extracting a tooth with forceps.
An image from Omne Bonum (14th century) depicting a dentist extracting a tooth with forceps.
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Cavity repair for teeth with no drills and no metals will be a reality in three years. This is the claim made by Reminova Ltd. that plans to commercialize the research of Professor Nigel Pitts and Dr. Chris Longbottom, based in the Dental Institute at King’s College London. The plan was announced at the King’s College London website on June 16, 2014.

The new technique accelerates the natural process of returning lost minerals, particularly calcium and phosphorous, to a tooth that has lost minerals and developed a cavity. A small electric charge initiates a speedy replacement of the lost minerals with no drilling and no metal fillings. The process is called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization. The process is both painless and natural and presents a side effect free method of cavity repair that is faster than present methods.

The researchers have been working on the process for almost 20 years. The development is now at the stage that a working model has been fully tested. The manufacture of the new device and training of dentists in Britain is expected to take at least three years.

Even British celebrities and members of the monarchy have been brought to task for their poor dental hygiene by the press across the world. This was not the driving force behind the research but the effects could produce a new view of dental health in Britain. The procedure is expected to be covered by the National Health Service in Britain.

Transfer of the new tooth repair technology to the United States may take a bit longer than three years due to FDA regulations. One would suspect that parents would be overjoyed to have a painless cavity repair method for their children. Dentists may also highly anticipate this development to prevent pain to their patients and to avoid being bitten by their patients.