3D-PRINTED DENTAL PLUGS COULD BE BOON FOR PATIENTS

Patients requiring dental implants often have to open their wallets as wide as their mouths. But a new treatment process developed by the National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS) could save them at least $2,000, as well as a considerable amount of time and pain.

Researchers there have developed an enhanced bioresorbable 3D-printed dental plug which promotes bone growth in the jaw, reducing the chances of bone shrinkage after an extraction. Currently, many patients requiring dental implants have to wait for three months for bone to grow in the tooth socket after extraction.

With the enhanced 3D-printed plugs produced by dental plug manufacturer Osteopore, patients will go through a shorter and less painful treatment process as the plugs are placed immediately after extraction, eliminating the need for bone grafts.

Source: THE STRAITS TIMES

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