History of Dental Fillings
Rumor has it that annually, Americans spend $50 billion dollars for approximately 200 million tooth fillings. Hao Li, the associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the MU College of Engineering has suggested that "replacement fillings comprise 75 percent of a dentist’s work" and the latest advancements courtesy of the plasma brush is expected to change all that.
Dental care and dentistry has been evolving along with man. The Indus Valley Civilization has yielded evidence of dentistry being practiced as far back as 7000 BC (Coppa, A. et al. 2006. Early Neolithic tradition of dentistry. Nature. Volume 440. 6 April 2006). Sumerian text dating back to 5000 BC indicate the first sighting of "tooth worms" and ancient scholars including Hippocrates and Aristotle speculated and wrote down their thoughts on dental problems and gum disease.
Thanks to past thoughts, the dental fillings that gave way to the traditional gold, amalgam and composite options began as early as the 1800s (Dr. Richard A. Glenner and Dr. P. Willey, "Journal of the History of Dentistry," 1998). The earliest dental filling procedures involved manipulating various metals to fill the left behind by tooth decay to help patients chew and eat. As primitive dentists continued experimentation with techniques and tools, the procedures to treat cavities have remained about the same, until now.
Other Dental Advancements
The next generation of dental patients may not only benefit from plasma brush, but other alternative dental treatments to combat dental problems. One such option has come Scientists at the University of Leeds that discovered that an applying peptide fluid can provide a pain-free approach to treating dental decay. Their research has found that the peptides ("short polymers of amino acids linked by peptide bonds" Wikipedia.com) may do the job. This dental treatment would be directly applied to a diseased tooth surface and to stimulate tooth regeneration and to repair the damage done (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/233254.php).
Just like the plasma brush, the peptide treatment has sent a ripple of excitement throughout the dental care profession. However both options have several years until readily available so patients should embark on mission of good oral hygiene backed by preventative dentistry until the new products are available for use. Individuals looking to find a dentist to get dental care now simply need to call 1-800-DENTIST, 24/7 to get the name of a dental care provider who has the latest dental treatments available.