Did you lose a tooth? Don’t worry, soon your dentist will be able to print you a new one.
Dentists are moving into the world of hi-tech digital scanning and 3D printing, allowing for better, cleaner oral care.
Andreas Herrmann of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and his colleagues have developed an antimicrobial plastic, allowing them to 3D print teeth that also kill bacteria. It’s an important issue, say the team, because bacterial damage to existing implants costs patients millions of dollars in the US alone.