Invention automates dental bar fabrication; pediatrician referrals help

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

A critical step in implant restorations is the fabrication of the dental bar on which the denture sits. Each bar is patient-specific and needs to fit firmly in a patient's mouth, conforming to the shape of the gingival surface.

The conventional approach requires manual molding and casting, which can be time-consuming. But researchers from Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a way to entirely automate the process, and they say it can save time and reduce fabrication costs. Read more in our latest Restoratives Community feature.

In other dental news this week:

  • Parents of 2- to 5-year-olds are nearly three times more likely to take their child to the dentist if the child's pediatrician recommends it, according to a study in Pediatrics.
  • Canadian researchers are testing a solar-powered toothbrush.
  • A young man's third molar development could determine whether he stands trial for murder as an adult or a juvenile.
  • Soft-tissue regeneration will be featured in an upcoming "Health Heroes" segment on the Discovery Channel.
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