Drilling and filling has been the method for treating cavities for many years. However, that method may soon be a thing of the past. A team of researchers at the University of Alabama at the Birmingham has developed a new method for treating cavities. This treatment is known as resin infiltration. Clinical trials have already been conducted, and the results have been promising.
Resin infiltration is already available and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, most dentists are not using it. There are 150 patients in this country who are taking part in a clinical trial. Resin infiltration will be applied to a space in the patient’s teeth.
The first thing that the dentist will do is use a gel to clean the cavity. The gel prepares the surfaces of the teeth to accept the resin infiltration product. The resin product will then be applied using a plastic sheet. The dentist will push the resin through the plastic sheet. The final step is to harden the resin by curing it with light.
Nathaniel Lawson is a dentist who works for the School of Dentistry Division Director of Biomaterials. He stated that this procedure is popular among patients because it does not require any shots or drilling. It is also a conservative treatment because it does not require that any part of the tooth be removed.
Dentist normally fill cavities by injecting a local anesthetic into the mouth and then drilling the decayed part of the tooth. However, this can be an unpleasant experience for the patient. It can also cause stress and anxiety. Additionally, this method can also harm the surrounding structure of the tooth.
Dentists do not have to use any anesthesia in order to use the resin infiltration. However, there are certain requirements that have to be met before one can get this treatment. It will only work on people who have small cavities. This treatment is not an option for people who have large cavities. It is also not an option for people who have cavities at the top of their teeth.
Augusto Robles is the director and assistant professor of Operative Dentistry Curriculum. He stated that because the resin is liquid, it has to be able to get absorbed into the cavities that are between the teeth. That is why the application is specific.
Even though clinical trials are still being conducted, Augusto believes that this treatment can change dentistry. He believes that it will replace the traditional way of treating cavities. He stated that he never thought that something like this would be possible. He has been practicing for 24 years. However, he believes that this treatment will change everything that he has done so far.
Not only can resin infiltration be used to treat cavities, but it can also be used to get rid of white lesions on the teeth. The resin infiltration can be applied directly over the white lesion. However, it is best for treating small lesions on the teeth.
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