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This Biomimetic Tech Could Mean Fewer Trips to the Dentist (You're Welcome)

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Channel: Seeker
Categories: Chemistry   |   Health   |   Science   |   Technology  
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A new material inspired by mussels may be the key to fillings and crowns that never break or fall out.

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A tougher tooth
"Inspired by the mechanisms mussels use to adhere to inhospitable surfaces, UC Santa Barbara researchers have developed a new type of dental composite that provides an extra layer of durability to treated teeth. The potential payoff? Longer lasting fillings, crowns, implants and other work."

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"Baby teeth live a tragic life, really. They hang around for a few years then literally drop out, replaced by our permanent adult teeth. The process keeps the Tooth Fairy employed, at least, but you may find yourself wondering: Why do we have baby teeth at all?"


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Written by: Sophie Bakoledis

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