Will it hurt? How much will it cost me? These are common questions that you ask when you’re faced with the need for dental procedures. You might also want to know how long a dental filling or implant is supposed to last. When it comes to answering this question, your dentist will have exciting news to share for those who get implants and fillings in the next few years. A new material promises superior performance over current acrylate-based dental materials. Here’s what you can expect from light-initiated triazine trione.

What is the New Triazine Trione Material for Dentistry Practices?

In the course of doing research about bone fracture glue, medical scientists at Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan (KTH) Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden discovered a material that they knew would change the game for dental reconstruction procedures. The material is a set of triazine trione monomers that are polymerized using light-based thiol-yne coupling. This type of coupling creates materials that are stronger than polymers that are made via standard thiol-ene coupling.

Special Features of Light Polymerized Triazine Trione

According to the American Dental Association, fillings and implants can chip or break due to teeth grinding, poor oral hygiene that leads to tooth decay, and the age of the restorative filling or implant (1). When this happens, it’s imperative that you see your dentist to fix the problem. Currently, he or she uses acrylate-based composites for dental implants and fillings. The new material that Sweden’s KTH team discovered adheres to teeth 160 times better than conventional acrylate-based fillings. If you’re allergic to acrylates, you’re not alone. The National Institute of Health notes that acrylics, which are composed of acrylates, are known to cause allergic reactions in people who work around these substances (2). The new material doesn’t cause these skin reactions. This light-initiated polymer is also much stronger than standard acrylate-based fillings and implants. Its durability increases your time between replacement dental restoration procedures for fillings and implants.

Why Your Dentist Will Likely Use This Material for Implants and Fillers

Besides having better performance features than acrylate-based materials, the new triazine trione material is easy to mold. Manufacturers use 3D printing to prototype and produce many items across several industries. T32 Dental Centre, a trailblazing dental practice in Singapore, already uses the technology to create dental guides for more accurate dental implant procedures (3). Professor Michael Malkoch at KTH’s Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology believes that your dentist will likely employ 3D printing technology to make custom implants and fillings using this new material in the future (4).

Conclusion

While all medical surprises don’t have happy endings, the research that led to the discovery of this new dental material will make a positive difference in the lives of many people. Want to know when dental offices across America will replace acrylate-based fillings and implants with this new material? Be sure to share this article with your dentist and on social media for feedback from peers and industry professionals.



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