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Med Hypotheses. 2011 Sep;77(3):315-7. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2011.05.002. Epub 2011 May 19.

Is a drill-less dental filling possible?

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Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials, University of Texas at Houston Dental Branch, 6516 M. D. Anderson Blvd., Ste. 493, Houston, TX 77030, United States.


Dental caries, a bacterial process that results in the acidic destruction of tooth structure, has historically been managed by the mechanical excavation of diseased tooth structure and then restoration with a synthetic material. The mechanical excavation of the infected site is most commonly achieved by a dental handpiece, or "drill"; this handpiece may induce stress and anxiety in many patients. Alternatively, a drill-less filling will involve the utilization of silver diamine fluoride (38%) to arrest and prevent dental caries, followed by restoration with a bonded filling material to achieve adequate seal at the lesion margins. This is a minimally invasive procedure that addresses both microbial and mechanical issues posed by dental caries.

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