How bacteria-fighting 3-D-printed teeth could affect dentistry

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By Timberlake Dental curated from nytimes.com

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“The latest 3-D printing innovation could change the way you think about your annual visit to the dentist. That’s because Dutch researchers at the University of Groningen are working on the creation of a 3-D-printed tooth made of an antimicrobial plastic that kills the type of bacteria responsible for tooth decay on contact. As the technology improves, it’s possible to see 10x, even 100x, improvements in speed. What once took hours or more, can now be accomplished within the space of a few minutes. ”

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Commentary:

As stated in the article,That increase of speed, coupled with the promise of being able to make perfectly-fitted teeth that have been customized for each person’s mouth, makes it almost a certainty that you might one day see a 3-D printer next to all the other tools and instruments in your dentist’s office. 3-D printers for teeth are a huge change in the dentistry world and can change how everything is done.

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