University of Colo. licenses dental polymer to 3M

An advanced dental polymer technology developed at the University of Colorado Boulder has been licensed to 3M.

The licensed technology enables formation of very low-shrinkage composites, improving the performance of many materials currently used in dental fillings and sealants, dentures, and dental implants, according to the university.

The process, pioneered by Christopher Bowman, PhD, uses a unique light-cured material that reduces the physical stress within dental composites, avoiding shrinkage and other physical changes in the restoration. Dental restorations using this new composition will be more durable, require fewer replacements, and improve patient comfort and dental health.

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