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Fillings could become a thing of the past

Tooth decay could soon be treated with a painless "remineralisation" technique developed at King's College London, that means damaged enamel repairs itself, dentists said today.

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New technique as cost-effective as current treatments

The technique developed at King's College London encourages teeth to repair themselves Credit: Press Association Images

Professor Nigel Pitts, from the university's Dental Institute, said:

"The way we treat teeth today is not ideal. When we repair a tooth by putting in a filling, that tooth enters a cycle of drilling and re-filling as, ultimately, each 'repair' fails.

"Not only is our device kinder to the patient and better for their teeth, but it's expected to be at least as cost-effective as current dental treatments.

"Along with fighting tooth decay, our device can also be used to whiten teeth."

A Scottish firm, Reminova Ltd, is now trying to find private investment to develop the technique.

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