Will your dentist ditch the drill?

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Will your dentist ditch the drill?

New technologies are being investigated with the aim of making dental treatment much less invasive. 5-10% of European dentists are now using lasers to prepare cavities which means that the dreaded drill could be a thing of the past. This is great news for anyone with a fear of the dentist.

Key takeaways:

– Use of lasers in cavities, root canal treatments and for general healing is slowly increasing

– Stem cell research is examining the best way to grow teeth

– Scientists hope to “remineralise” teeth within 3 years

It will take years for some technologies to become mainstream but in time you may smile when you see your dentist with a 3D printer and a laser rather than a drill and injection. In the meantime, prevent problems by keeping your teeth clean and by following a healthy diet.

Ninety percent of patients who’ve had cavities filled by drill and laser prefer lasers.”

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Dr. Biju Philip

Dr. Philip (GMC No: 6072826) is a medical doctor with more than 20 years experience, of which 13 years has been in the field of Anaesthetics and Critical Care. He has also undergone extensive training in Dental Sedation and Facial Aesthetics, including Botox and dermal filler treatments, which he now practices in our dental surgery in Exning. He also works as an Anaesthetist at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds.