Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 23, 2015
Dental fillings have long been one of the most common procedures in dentistry. More than nine out of 10 people between the ages of 20 and 84 have at least one cavity, and about a fourth of these people have untreated tooth decay. Unfortunately, many people balk at the idea of making a trip to the dentist for cavities. The drilling sound alone is enough to trigger fear and anxiety, particularly in patients who suffer from a dental phobia. New technology may be changing all of that, though. Los Angeles Dentist Dr. Bijan Afar comments on the new dental devices that may make painful drilling a thing of the past.
This newest option has become a hot topic on dental news blogs. According to researchers, this new technology may just eliminate the need for dental fillings altogether by tackling the root cause of cavities. For example, the decay process begins with demineralization. When the bacteria in plaque process the sugars in the foods you eat, they release acids. These acids leach minerals from the tooth and causes demineralization, which in turn causes the enamel to become weak and porous. If the tooth is not remineralized quickly, a cavity can develop. Once patients have a cavity, the only treatment option is a dental filling.
Unfortunately, dental fillings do not last forever. Dental offices often find themselves in an endless cycle of drilling and filling, which can ultimately lead to the loss of teeth. This new technology promises to “supercharge” the remineralization process and help teeth become stronger. Remineralization is the process by which teeth repair themselves naturally. Minerals in foods and in saliva enter the porous surface of the enamel and help to rebuild it. This technology actually forces more minerals into the enamel in order to help strengthen it and reduce its vulnerability to bacterial acids.
The process with this technology begins with a careful cleaning to remove any organic material or decayed tissue. The device is then activated using an electrical current to fill the cavity with mineral ions, effectively remineralizing the decayed tooth and rebuilding it from the inside out. Although dental blogs are buzzing about this new option, it cannot replace good dental hygiene or regular cleanings and checkups.
About Dr. Bijan Afar
Dr. Afar is a top periodontist who graduated from UCLA with a Master of Oral Biology and his DDS. He received the Hortense Fishbaugh Fellowship, the California State Fellowship and the NIH Dentist-Scientist Fellowship, which allowed Dr. Afar to continue his studies in the fields of periodontology and oral implantology. Today, Dr. Afar is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and a member of the American Dental Association. Dr. Afar’s dentist offices offer comprehensive care for patients of all ages and diverse needs.