Molar Monday

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The latest 3D printing innovation could change the way you think about your visit to the dentist. That’s because Dutch researchers at the University of Groningen are working on the creation of a 3D-printed tooth made of an antimicrobial plastic that kills the bacteria responsible for tooth decay on contact.

Imagine teeth that remain white and pristine over time, without all the accumulation of bacteria that cause dental problems. While the thought of having a 3D-printed tooth inside your mouth might not sound so great, is it really any worse than dealing with the constant toothache from a decaying tooth?

For the Dutch researchers, the key step in developing the bacteria-fighting tooth was being able to find the right material to put inside the 3D printer. In this case, the researchers embedded antimicrobial quaternary ammonium salts inside existing dental resin polymers. Once this mix is put into a 3D printer, it can be hardened with ultraviolet light and used to print out 3D replacement teeth.

@ THE GUARDIAN

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13 Responses to Molar Monday

  1. Den says:

    All you night owls, hooting all night including a rare appearance from Micki.
    I have been hitting the sack early here. Last night’s rain inspired a good size leak from the RV AC unit inside at 12:30AM, a coffee can caught most but it has to be fixed. Especially fun since I don’t know where it is sneaking through, ARRRVEEE!

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Sunny and chill. The last of the green leaves turned overnight.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Fifteen, count them, 15 green vehicles on my 40 minute stick walk and then down to the local pizza parlor. Only two ugly yellow-green.

    Went up Valley Road to Orchard Drive, just past the playfields. Up Orchard Drive a bit to the top with a view of the back side of the student rec center where there used to be an apple orchard. Then back down Cove Way to Valley Road to return home. Feet ok.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    US corruption: $43 million gas station.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    US corruption: $ 43 million gas station.

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    • Den says:

      Yea, they don’t mind pissing away money at the DOD while people here starve in the streets and lose more everyday thanks to the greedy puggers.

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  6. Den says:

    Stupid jaw, do I always have to live in pain? couldn’t open my yap enough to stuff in a donut hole this AM, managed to polish off some chili for supper, slowly improving, only the left side, shit appears out of the blue just to increase my misery index while I’m trying to reduce misery from other areas, doomed.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Hurt my gums eating salad. Couldn’t finish it. Somehow banged against the dentures.

      Not the same but wine and time is soothing.

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  7. Den says:

    Plenty of rain today, quite fierce at times, hope the ARRRVee isn’t too soaked.
    The rain is done for the most part now, dry the rest of the week.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    My twenty-something waitress at the local pizza parlor was Hannah. First day on the job. I overheard the shift boss briefing her. Turns out she’ll be laid off over the summer as place isn’t busy then. So minimum wage plus tips 9 months a year.

    *sigh*

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