The first data on dental fillings that are able to actively fix tooth decay is putting forward Professor Robert Hill. Professor Hill is Chair of Physical Sciences at the Institute of Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London and co-founder and administrator of research at BioMin Technologies.
Over 80 percent of specific populations in the UK has at least one filling, with seven being the average while eight million holes are fitted with amalgam each year.
This data, indicating smart fixing of tooth decay, prolonging living conditions of composite fillings and reducing the need for mercury-based amalgams indicates a significant step forward in tooth restorative materials.
Professor Hill outlines how new bioactive glass composites are unique in their ability to freeing fluoride as well as the significant quantities of calcium and phosphate that would be required to sort tooth mineral.
Professor Hill explains that while current dental fillings include inert materials, the data on the new bioactive glass composite shows that it interacts positively with the body rendering minerals that replace those lost to tooth decay.
” Our scientists and dentists at Queen Mary University of London supplanted the inert tooth filling materials with our new bioactive glass, explained Professor Hill.” Not merely did this bioactive glass composite remineralize the partly rotted teeth, but it also makes an alkaline context that deters the bacteria that made the initial decay.
Source: Queen Mary, University of London