These Bacteria-Resistant Teeth Help Fight Tooth Decay

By: Katherine Pendrill - Oct 28, 2015
References: onlinelibrary.wiley & fastcoexist
Andreas Herrmann recently designed a set of anti-microbial dentures that help fight tooth decay. In recent years, the dental industry has witnessed a number of advancements when it comes to oral hygiene. The latest breakthrough comes in the form of 3D-printed dentures.

Herrmann's invention is a pair of 3D-printed dentures that are made from anti-microbial materials. One of the advantages of 3D-printed dentures is that dentists can use the technology to make teeth that are a perfect fit for the patient. The other advantage of 3D-printed dentures is that they can be made from anti-microbial materials, which can kill the bacteria that rotted the old teeth. Each artificial tooth contains quaternary ammonium salts in the resin, which kills bacteria on contact. The result is a set of dentures that helps the wearer fight tooth decay.

Although the technology is still in its infancy, the anti-microbial teeth could soon be standard for those who require dentures.