Root Canal Therapy Involving Nanodiamonds
This is one of the facts that dentistry has evolved in an amazing manner. Virtually any problem related to dentistry is not solvable. Yet, people fear about the dental complications when it comes to getting treatment for a complicated problem. An example in this regard is of root canal therapy. Reason is that the root canal therapy is not just uncomfortable for most of the people, but there is quite chance for the failure of procedure because of complications involved. Nevertheless, scientists have now come up with an amazing way to make root canal treatment more effective. This method basically involves inclusion of nanodiamonds in the tooth filling material.
These nanodiamonds are so small that millions can occupy the space of a pin tip. These nanodiamonds are very strong but this is only one feature. The most amazing feature of these diamonds is that they are capable to transport specific chemicals down to the root of the tooth. This property is amazing because it can help transport antimicrobials which can make the root canal treatment the real success.
In order to test how successful this experiment could be, scientists used this technique on 3 patients. All those three patients were having root canal treatment. One of the patients was having standard gutta percha in this experiment.
The experiment results stated that nanodiamond-fortified gutta percha was found easier to put in the tooth root. The procedure didn’t require any change in order to make the place the filling. According to scientists, the nanodiamond-fortified gutta percha was more reliable and stronger as compared to traditional gutta percha which the scientists have been using for years.
The study stated that patients were found to do well even after 6 months of treatment. The nanodiamond-fortified gutta percha didn’t cause any sensitivity or infection the scientists were suspecting. Furthermore, it also didn’t trigger any tooth decay or periodontal disease.
Although the results are quite encouraging, the entire study cannot be considered as successful based on just three cases. This is the reason that NIH is now working on 30 cases to find something more conclusive. Here, it is worth remembering the theory that diamonds in the filing material are well capable of transporting antimicrobial elements, reducing the risks of treatment to fail and bringing patient back to the dentist’s chair for retreatment.
In other studies, it has been found that these nanodiamonds may be quite effective in treating cancer by effectively and efficiently transporting chemotherapeutical elements to the cancer cells.