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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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