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Cavities can’t hide from tooth-zapping device

by • March 17, 2016 • No Comments

Dental cavities are one of those things where the sooner you catch them, the advantageous. Dentists’ visual inspections and x-rays pretty assist, but a new hand-held device is created to detect them actually earlier. It’s called the Ortek ECD (for Early Cavity Detection), and it hunts cavities via electricity.

First of all, tooth enamel itself isn’t electrically conductive. When it is actually breached by actually the tinyest pre-cavity lesion or area of demineralization, yet, dentinal fluid leaks out – and it does conduct electricity.

The battery-powered ECD handpiece has a tiny electrified tip that is applied to otherwise-dry molars and premolars. If dentinal fluid is present, the tip is able-bodied to deplete its electrical circuit, and the dentist is notified.

It can in addition determine how much of the fluid there is, enabling users to determine the severity of any breaches. In human and lab tests, it has reportedly been able-bodied to “detect the earliest stages of tooth demineralization or pre-cavity lesions with 100 percent accuracy.”

Ortek was not long ago awarded a US patent for the ECD, that was created at New York’s Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. The company is now looking into commercialization, and pursuing US FDA and of the world marketing clearances.

Source: Ortek Therapeutics

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