More than 30 million people in the U.S. wear dentures and 60% of them have a common disease. Now, due to innovative research coming out of UB, people can fight it through their false teeth.
“There’s a large population which needs to be treated with this,” said Dr. Praveen Arany, from UB School of Dental Medicine. “They get fungal infections on their denture base and you can clean it all you can but they have trouble cleaning it completely.”
Through happenstance, through doing another type of research, the doctor and his team of researchers discovered the ability to create a material filled with an antibody to treat this fungal disease and it can be used as the ink in a 3d printing machine.
“It’s a simple trick, I guess. 3D printing allows you to put a layer of drug substance on top and it basically enables this anti-fungal effect.”
And that’s allowing these teeth to do more than just enhance a smile.
“What we’re able to do is increase the amount of function that a denture can do.”