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    The top 10 dental discoveries of 2017

    Dental research came a long way this year, and some studies stood out above the rest.

     
     
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    New research discovers way to eliminate needles for dental anesthetic

    It may be scary to get into the dentist’s chair, but thanks to new research, there’s one thing uneasy patients might not have to worry about anymore: needles.

    A new study from the University of São Paulo found that there might be no need for needles when administering anesthetic for dental procedures. Instead, dentists could use a small electric current to give the anesthetic, saving time, money and unnecessary patient anxiety—which could potentially get more patients into the chair for procedures they might otherwise avoid because of a fear of needles.

    Click here to read the full study.

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    Laura Dorr
    Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.

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