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These 3D-Printed Dentures Feature Infection-Fighting Medication

 - Apr 27, 2018
Beyond just providing a highly tailored custom fit, 3D-printed dentures have the potential to deliver specific treatments to support patients, as researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo have proven.

Researchers have developed a set of 3D-printed dentures that can actually treat the fungal infections that plague the many people who wear the artificial replacements for natural teeth and gums. While there are antiseptic mouthwashes and ways to disinfect dentures that generally require their removal from the mouth, this innovative 3D-printed device is filled with anti-fungal medication to prevent and treat oral infections. Specifically, researchers filled the 3D-printed dentures with microscopic capsules of the anti-fungal medication Amphotericin B in order to better the support oral health of patients who are highly susceptible to infection.