Japanese scientists are paving the way for futuristic teeth that are free from decay. They have developed a microscopic coating for teeth that prevents dental decay from deteriorating teeth – it may also make these teeth appear whiter!
Professor Shigeki Hontsu at Kinki University in western Japan says, “This is the world’s first flexible apatite sheet”
The microscopic coating is a film that covers the tooth. The film is made of a hardwearing and extremely flexible material called hydroxyapatite. This material also happens to be the major component of natural tooth enamel. There are also indications of this being a primary treatment for tooth sensitivity that has ailed many people.
The unique nature of this innovation means that teeth can be protected and even repaired where enamel has been damaged.
Perfect Smile Studios hope to use this technology in the near future
Dr. Doshi, Clinical Director of The Perfect Smile Advanced Training Institute says, “The underlying philosophy of our practice is Prevention. This innovation is extremely important in helping patients prevent tooth decay and reduce sensitivity. However, what makes it so amazing is that its chemical structure is as near as tooth as we could have hoped for. I am very excited and I am sure that this technology will spur off many more ideas that can make our message of gaining oral health that much more realistic.”
The coating is a film of just 0.004 millimetres (0.00016 inches) thick created by use of laser technology and blocks of compressed hydroxyapatite. However, once placed on tooth surface, it becomes completely invisible. This is great news for those that require a barrier to oral bacterial damage but who also do not need restorative work.
Professor Shigeki Hontsu hopes for use of this material as part of contemporary cosmetic dentistry also. Currently the film is completely transparent, however it can be made whiter to give the impression of whiter teeth. Cosmetic dentists are very excited at this particular prospect of combining protection with cosmetic dentistry.
Despite the excitement, realistically the technology will not be available for practice use by your cosmetic dentists at The Perfect Smile Studios until another 3-5 years. This is because the coating is still in the infancy stage and will need to be tested on living animals and/or humans. At the moment the researchers have a positive outlook from using extracted human teeth.
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