Could Tooth-Colored Fillings be Improved?
Composite resin is a material that has revolutionized dental fillings. Instead of having a dark, unsightly metal filling in your tooth, composite allows your dentist to customize the filling material so that it blends flawlessly with your smile.
While these fillings are durable, they typically need to be replaced after seven to ten years due to the normal wear and tear of chewing and the power of biting forces. The question that researcher Dr. Guido Pauli is asking is could composite resin be improved to provide even more durability to dental fillings in Irvine, CA?
Scientists Are Making Improvements
Dr. Pauli and his team of scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago have been working with tree bark to improve the longevity of composite fillings. They have determined that an extract from pine tree roots allows fillings to bind better to the tooth, which then helps them last longer. This same extract also alters the chemical structure of the tooth to improve its strength.
Dr. Pauli hopes to produce a refined material that dentists can apply to the tooth after removing the decayed portion that will not only make it stronger but also promote a better bond to the tooth.
We Keep Our Patients Informed
While we’re not sure yet when this extract might be available, you can rest assured that Dr. Robertson and his team are staying updated with the latest techniques and materials. We like to share new information with our patients whenever possible to keep you informed of new products that may become available to help you maintain your oral health.
If you are looking for an innovative and progressive dentist in Irvine, CA that stays abreast of the latest dental technology, look no further than Dr. Jeffrey C. Robertson. Contact our office today to schedule your next dental appointment.