The world of dentistry is constantly researching new methods when it comes to treating our patients quickly and effectively. We are always on the lookout for alternative ways to approach dental issues that are oftentimes difficult to cure. Recently, a research team at the University of Pittsburgh has developed a technique to weaken drug-resistant bacteria.
Giving Electric Shock Therapy a new name!
Who would’ve thought that electrocuting mouth bacteria would be essential to getting rid of pesky mouth infections? This new method is proving to be quite effective where typical antibiotics fail to get the job done. This electrochemical therapy has opened the doors to a whole new realm of oral infection treatment.
Who benefits from this treatment?
Individuals with titanium-based dental implants are most susceptible to oral infections. It’s common, yet very important to address as soon as possible. Titanium is a great material to use for implants, but it is not immune to bacteria. When left unchecked and untreated, microbes will form a colonization on the surface of the implant. As time goes on, this little colony will spread and cause inflammation in other areas of the mouth, including the gums.
A lot of these bacterial infections are drug-resistant, meaning the usual antibiotic treatment prescribed would not work in eliminating the infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 2.8 million cases of drug-resistant bacterial infections live in America. Not many people are aware of the severity of this problem, so initiating this new treatment plan has become even more important!
What does electrochemical therapy accomplish?
The term “electrochemical therapy” sounds a bit intimidating, but it’s quite the opposite! Electrochemical Therapy (ECT) sends a weak electrical current through the titanium-based implant, without harming the surrounding teeth, gums, or tissue. In doing so, the microbes are broken down and weakened. With a lack of strength, these microbes can be treated effectively with traditional oral antibiotics. ECT works hand-in-hand with the antibiotics, one without the other is not effective. In other words, teamwork makes the dream work!
As this is a relatively new method, research is still under way. If all works out as planned, this could be a method many dental professionals use to treat these bacterial infections. Keep your eye out for new and improved methods, the future is bright!
Contact Dr. Sara and her team at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about how Electrochemical Therapy is making its way into the dental profession!