Australian study finds something useful for people who fear dental visits

Everyone dreads a visit to dentist. Especially if people have cavity and they have to get it filled. The drilling of the teeth to clean it and make room for the filling is enough to scare the mightiest of people. But visiting a Rockingham Dental Centre is a necessary thing to do in order to stop that tooth from decaying further. A new study performed in Australia in dental hygiene and surgery has found out from its results that the claim and the practice of drilling the teeth in order to make them better is nothing but something that can be avoided totally.

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Here are more details about the study and its results and reading it will make you feel very safe about visiting the dentist next time for regular checkup.

1 The study

A seven year study, which was conducted in the University of Sydney by Associate Professor Wendall Evans and his team has brought something to light when it comes to drilling the teeth in order to prevent them from decay from cavities.

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The study got published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology and the researchers had compared more than 1000 patients at 22 dental practices in the area of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory. Half of the patients were given the traditional treatment and others were given the Caries Management system treatment.

Professor Wendall Evans

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The results of the study proved shocking to many people and now are considered a breakthrough in dental health.

2 Caries Management System

Professor Wendall and his team have developed a new system of treating patients, known as Caries Management System or CMS which is a set of rules that covers the assessment of tooth decay, interpretation of dental X-Rays and preventing further damage to the teeth. The system has four aspects:

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  1. Doctors apply high concentration of fluoride varnish to tooth during early stages of decay.
  2. Giving more attention to the skills of brushing teeth at home.
  3. Suggesting less snacking in between meals and less consumption of beverages laced with sugar.
  4. Risk-specific monitoring.
Caries Management System

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3 Traditional method

Dr. Wendell Evans, an associate professor at the University of Sydney said that since a long time it has been believed that tooth decay is a phenomenon which progresses quite rapidly and the best way of actually managing it is to identify early decaying and then removing it immediately in order to prevent the tooth surface from breaking up into cavities.

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The traditional dental restoration or dental filling method involves the dentist using a drill in order to remove the decay in the tooth and creating a cavity. This cavity is then filled with a dental restorative material, to stop the tooth from decaying further.

The technique requires filling the cavity with a soft malleable filling. This method is the most prevalent method of preventing tooth from decay since it takes less time to set the material and also it can be done in just one sitting.

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Materials such as gold, platinum, cobalt-chrome alloys, silver amalgam and temporary teeth cement are used in order to fill the cavity.

Traditional method

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4 Results of the study

The seven year study by Prof Wendall suggests that by using the preventive dental care method, the need for dental fillings can be reduced to up to 50%. He further states that fillings are completely unnecessary, since most of tooth decay don’t need them.

Prof Wendall instead used a method called Caries Management System, which employs the method of preventive care in place of drilling the tooth to fill it. In most cases, it takes upto 8 years for tooth decay to progress from enamel to dentine and this time is enough to use preventive measures in order to stop the decay from progressing into a cavity.

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Results of the study

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The dental practitioners in area of the study reported that patients who underwent the CMS treatment showed that the tooth decay was reduced significantly over the period of seven years and the need for tooth fillings also went down by 30% to 50%.

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