November 1st 2018, 11:53
A subterranean revolution is taking place in dental medicine. To date, standard dentistry has operated as though teeth are inert substances entirely divorced from the rest of the body. Like carpenters or construction workers, dentists have hacked and drilled and pulled teeth like so much rotting wood, the theory being that once the rot has set in and a tooth has decayed, the only route is to clear out the decay and try to salvage what's left.
The primary means of salvage are filling the hole with amalgam or composite, implanting a fake tooth or, in the case of root canals, removing the nerve, plugging it up with wax and leaving the dead tooth in the mouth.