At the moment, the most common ways for dentists to treat tooth decay all involve the use of a drill, which is not only unpleasant for the patient but can also cause irreparable damage to the healthy tooth material.
Whether the dental staff decide to use fillings, crowns or bridges to treat tooth decay, anaesthetic and a drill will be needed. With tooth decay being so common, a lot of people are having healthy teeth damaged in order to fix the unhealthy ones.
However, a new treatment has been developed that can treat the damage caused by tooth decay without the need for anaesthetic or drilling. The product is a liquid plastic which can be applied by the dentist to any patches showing signs of decay or any areas that already have holes to repair them.
The simple and quick process is easier for both the dentist and the patient, and is ideal for those who suffer from dental anxiety, which can often be linked to factors like the noise of the drill.
The first part of the treatment requires the teeth affected to be cleaned using a special gel, which is then washed off when it has done its job. Once the tooth has been dried, using a simple puff of air, the liquid plastic is applied by the dentist. The product needs to be set in the dental surgery and this is done with the use of a hand-held light.
Icon was developed by a German dental company, but is now also available in the UK.