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New Treatment Offers Pain-Free Way to Treat Cavities

New Treatment Offers Pain-Free Way to Treat Cavities

As an emergency dentist in Beaverton, our team at Barrett Family Dental understands the importance of filling a cavity – not only to help protect our patients’ long-term oral health – but also to treat any pain or discomfort they may be experiencing. Unfortunately, treating a cavity often requires causing a patient even more discomfort, as the need to use painkilling injections and drills can result in added stress and anxiety that makes visiting a dentist a less enjoyable experience.

While treating major cavities that develop in the center of teeth still require the use of needles and drills, a new breakthrough could offer a simpler, pain-free way to treat smaller cavities that develop between a patients’ teeth.

A new clinical trial being conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s School of Dentistry hopes to offer patients an alternative treatment for cavities in the near future.

The treatment – known as resin infiltration – works to treat cavities that form between teeth. Currently, the only way to treat these types of cavities is by numbing a patient with a shot before starting to drill away tooth structure in order to gain access to the cavity. Resin infiltration, however, would allow Dr. Barrett to slide a perforated plastic sheet between the cavity and the tooth.

“When we develop cavities between teeth, sometimes we have to go through the tooth, and we end up damaging healthy tooth structure,” explains Dr. Augusto Robles, one of the lead researchers involved in the study. “This new system allows us to skip the drilling and helps us preserve that structure.”

A Better Way to Treat Cavities

Instead of the current drill and replace techniques used today, resin infiltration involves cleaning of the cavity using a gel pushed between the teeth that prepares the enamel to accept the resin infiltrant through the perforated plastic sheet. The tooth is then filled by pushing a liquid resin through the sheet. A dental curing light is then used to harden the resin once in place, and the treatment is then complete.

This technique allows for the treatment of the cavity without drilling, and the procedure can be completed without the use of any anesthetic.

Obviously, researchers believe that a no-drill, no-shot treatment alternative for repairing cavities will prove incredibly popular among patient given the option. And since this treatment option does not require the removal of any healthy tooth structure, it also promises healthier, stronger teeth overall.

The resin infiltration is entirely unique, FDA-approved, and commercially available in Germany. However, in the U.S. the treatment is being used only in clinical trials. UAB’s current trial is one of the largest in the country, having enrolled over 150 patients.

Researchers believe that if this new system is adopted nationally by dentists everywhere, it could be a game-changer for the future of dentistry.

While this new technique helps to restore teeth to health, there are a few prerequisites for patients looking to avoid the needle and drill. This treatment only working on cavities located between teeth or on smooth surface where small cavities have developed. Some cavities that are large or located on top of teeth are not suited for this type of treatment as the liquid resin cannot build up shapes.

“The resin has to be liquid to be able to be absorbed into the cavities in between teeth,” says Robles. “So at this point, the application is pretty specific.”

Protecting Your Oral Health

Fortunately, you can avoid needing an emergency dentist in Beaverton by practicing quality oral hygiene on a daily basis. By brushing twice daily, flossing once a day, and scheduling regular exams and cleanings with our team at Barrett Family Dental, you can successfully lower your risk of cavities and dental disease.

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Report Finds Beverage Industry Hid the Impact of Sugar on Health

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Why You Need To Lower Your Cholesterol

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Have you heard from the doctor that you suffer from high cholesterol? Then you probably also know that you now need to change your lifestyle and diet in order to lower your cholesterol and risk of developing heart disease. Even if you receive a prescription for a medication that helps to lower your cholesterol, you… Continue Reading

How To Cut Back On Sugar

How To Cut Back On Sugar

As patients of Beaverton family dentist, Dr. Barrett, know, diets high in sugar can have a negative impact on an individual’s long-term oral health. That’s because plaque, a sticky biofilm comprised of harmful oral bacteria, uses the sugars we consume to produce harmful substances that slowly erode away tooth enamel. Over time, these plaque acids… Continue Reading

5 Frightening Things That Happen When You Don’t Brush

5 Frightening Things That Happen When You Don’t Brush

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Oral Health Traps To Avoid

Oral Health Traps To Avoid

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Study Finds New Way To Treat Thrush

Study Finds New Way To Treat Thrush

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Alcohol May Increase Risk Of Oral Cancer

Alcohol May Increase Risk Of Oral Cancer

The foods and drinks we consume have an enormous impact on our bodies. From the size of our waistlines to lowering our risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease, stroke and cancer, our diets help to determine long-term health. As a family dentist in Beaverton, Dr. Richard Barrett sees firsthand how what patients consume impacts… Continue Reading

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