No more drilling or fillings. Damaged tooth can soon repair itself

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We can't wait to say goodbye to the dreaded dentist’s drill and bid farewell to the cavity fillings of old.

Scientists have developed a new treatment which allows a damaged tooth to repair itself.

The pain-free treatment speeds up the natural movement of minerals such as calcium and phosphate into the damaged tooth by using a small electric current, reported the International Business Times.

The Guardian reported Professor Nigel Pitts, from King's College London's Dental Institute, as saying: "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 refilling as, ultimately, each 'repair' fails."

A company has already been set up to commercialise the research, Express reported. But it will still take around three years before the treatment will be available.

The significant number of people who suffer from fear of dentists will surely be waiting for that day to come. 

Sources: International Business Times, The Guardian, Express