Tooth demineralization is a common phenomenon. Think of all of the acidic foods and drinks that we bathe our teeth in every day. With time, enamel becomes thin and discolored. Excessive demineralization of the enamel can eventually cause cavitation, leading to tooth decay. What if there were a way to reverse demineralization before it breaks through the dentin-enamel junction?
Electrically Assisted Enhanced Remineralization (EAER), developed by dentists at King’s College in London, is a system that uses small electrical impulses to introduce new minerals back into a demineralized area that is at risk, in order to remineralize the area and prevent decay. “The time it takes for the procedure is about as long as the time it takes to perform a simple one-surface filling. The treatment is painless and requires no anesthesia,” said the developers of the technology.
This technology is particularly exciting because it offers a dentist the possibility of providing a preventive treatment modality to people who are afraid of the drill. This may alleviate patient apprehension and reduce the fear of visiting the dentist on a regular basis. Perhaps tooth remineralization can also be used to helo the aging population as a lower-cost option for preserving dentition in those patients with complex medical issues, multiple oral side effects from medications, and fewer economic resources.
Reliable Self-Adhesive Filling Materials Will Be Commonplace
The current modus operandi for most composite fillings involves isolating the cavity preparation followed by a messy multi-step bonding system before the direct restoration can be placed. This takes up chairtime, introduces other opportunities for procedures to go wrong, and requires the patient be cooperative while holding their mouth open for an extended period.
Wouldn’t it be great if adhesion could be accomplished in conjunction with the placement of the filling material? Currently, there are a few self-adhesive composites available to the dental market, but they are limited in use to small Class I and Class V cavity preparations where very little material is required, and to areas where the force of occlusion is not a concern.
What about larger restorations involving proximal contacts or occlusion? Dental material researchers and manufacturers have listened to your frustrations and are now working to develop new composite formulations in order to make them truly self-adhesive.
Polymerization shrinkage and inadequate adhesion to both the cavity walls and margins lead to micro-leakage. This can result in marginal discoloration, recurrent decay, and eventual restoration failure. Forming a good marginal seal and contact with the entire tooth preparation is of paramount importance. These are the specific areas that are being addressed with new composite products. Advances are happening daily and the availability of self-adhesive restorative materials for commercial use is in on the rise and it is reasonably certain that these materials will hit the dental market before the end of the decade.
Heading Toward 2030 and Beyond
At the time of this writing, there is a sixth factor that will affect dentistry in the current decade and leading up to 2030 – the coronavirus. Aside from the devastating health implications to the world, there will be a tremendous economic fallout that Americans have never seen before as forced isolation has shut down many businesses and industries for weeks or months. Many people have become unemployed and may no longer have the resources necessary to afford any elective services, including dental care. Let’s face it, many people already see dental care as an elective service unless they are in pain.
The implications to dentistry are going to be more widespread and far-reaching than the economic downturn caused by the subprime mortgage collapse in 2008. People without jobs or who are in debt are not going to visit the dentist regularly, because they have more immediate concerns to deal with. Be prepared for dramatically reduced patient flow and revenue. Plan for it to take a number of years for the delivery of dental services to return to their pre-crisis levels.
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