Researchers at the School of Dentistry are investigating a new dental treatment, which consists of shining coloured light onto a dental cavity before placing a restoration to help reduce pain and encourage healing, this may seem like a concept out of science fiction but supportive data has already been reported by the team in a recent feasibility study / publication as-well as by researchers at Harvard. The potential benefits of shining light at certain wavelengths and doses include reducing post restoration placement discomfort, sensitivity and to promote natural tooth repair processes and may have the potential to extend restoration longevity.
As part of the project, they have held a public/patient involvement meeting to gather feedback on the proposed new treatment. The seminar was well received with 100% of participants supportive of the proposed new treatment.
Some comments from attendees can be seen below….
‘An excellent presentation + very interesting concept. It will be really interesting to follow progression + implementation of the red light to be used in dentistry’
‘I think anything that would improve the dental experience + the life of the restoration is a good idea. Many patients get anxious about treatment so I’m sure they would appreciate a new treatment which is less painful + would mean fewer trips to the dentist’
‘It’s a fantastic idea’
‘If it will improve/ increase the lifespan of a filling, it can only be a good thing’
Watch this space as development of this exciting new treatment continues…..