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On guard for dental health: scientists develop next-generation fillings

by Hitecher

Unlike existing counterparts, these fillings developed by American scientists are resistant to external effects, which means that they have a practically unlimited lifespan.

Even high-quality fillings can only last up to 7-10 years. The devastating impact of germs still takes its toll, and the filling ends up decaying. A recent development created by Oregon Health & Science University experts can significantly increase the maximum lifespan.

It’s all thanks to a set of brand-new materials and a special type of adhesive: together, these components make these new fillings significantly more durable than regular ones. The key component is thiourethane — a material that is particularly famous for its durability and is often used in industrial production.

A six-month experiment was conducted to assess the durability of these fillings. In the course of the experiment, the fillings were placed in a container with similar conditions to the inside of a mouth. It turned out that this filling decayed by 30% less than existing counterparts. This development might not allow us to completely keep toothaches at bay, but it will probably let us visit the dentist less often.

On guard for dental health: scientists develop next-generation fillings

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