Pennsylvania: People all over the world get dentures (dental implants) but they have a certain age and on the other hand they also affect the overall health of the gums. Now, experts at the University of Pennsylvania have presented the case in the form of an artificial tooth that generates electricity that does not match and the gums remain healthy.
There are 3 million people living with dentures in the United States alone. Gelso Huang, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, and his colleagues have now developed an artificial tooth that generates its own electricity while brushing and chewing. This electricity does two things, namely, the tooth does not freeze and the gums on both sides remain healthy.
Thanks to its power, dentures emit a small amount of light, which is essential for gum growth. This is because artificial teeth, no matter how good, often fall out in five to ten years. Or they can cause irritation and disease in the gums.
The outer shell of the denture is made of special nanoparticles where bacteria cannot accumulate. Second, it has a light emitting system that works in the style of phototherapy. The most interesting aspect of this is that the teeth keep generating electricity while chewing and chewing. Details are published in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.
According to Professor Gelso, phototherapy can solve many dental problems. It was necessary to make a tooth that would generate electricity with the help of piezoelectric. Barium tetanet, a material already used in electronics, was selected for this purpose. On the other hand, it prevents bacteria from accumulating on the teeth and gums.
In the first experiment, scientists tested the notorious bacterium ‘Streptococcus mutans’, which causes tooth decay on barium tetanate. It accumulates on the teeth and forms a deep yellow layer. One of the bacteria did not survive on the denture material and it failed to accumulate by increasing its population. Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly.
On the other hand, denture phototherapy will relax the gums and will not harm other healthy gums. The gums in which the artificial tooth will be implanted will strengthen the area with phototherapy.