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Extreme strength observed in the teeth of limpets

limpet teeth

Studying naturally occurring materials may aid in the development of new man-made composites for the dental industry. as well as many other industries that use high strength materials.

Excerpt from BBC: “Engineers in the UK have found that limpets’ teeth consist of the strongest biological material ever tested. Limpets use a tongue bristling with tiny teeth to scrape food off rocks and into their mouths, often swallowing particles of rock in the process. The teeth are made of a mineral-protein composite, which the researchers tested in tiny fragments in the laboratory. They found it was stronger than spider silk, as well as all but the very strongest of man-made materials.”

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What Is In Your Mouth? The Issues…

Understand the importance of choosing a Certified Dental Laboratory (CDL) for high quality dental restorations.

The ability of dentists to deliver a high standard of care in restorative and cosmetic dentistry is enhanced by working with a laboratory that has undergone 3rd party certification. Working with a Certified Dental Lab will assure that your restorations are manufactured by or under the guidance of Certified Dental Technicians. Certification is a voluntary process, and is the dentist’s added assurance that the lab is committed to providing quality products and services that comply with regulatory requirements for material quality and traceability.

Poorly-made dental restorations – whether made in America or abroad – can lead to a range of health consequences for patients, and in turn, legal consequences for dentists. To ensure better outcomes for safe dental restorations, it is extremely important that dentists and patients have a full understanding of where their dental restorations are coming from and what materials are used in the process.

In the USA, domestic dental laboratories remain unregulated in more than 40 states. Some companies call themselves domestic dental laboratories, and receive prescriptions shipped from dentists all across the US, but in reality they produce nothing, but serve as a front for companies producing outside the USA.

Dental restorations increasingly are being imported from countries like China, India and Vietnam. Depending on the country, those dental laboratories may not be subject to the same scrutiny that domestic laboratories receive from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Valplast Flexible Partials – 3D digital modeling, manufacturing and repair at Udell Dental Laboratory

Today’s Top Dentists prescribe Valplast as the preferred material for flexible partial dentures. Still an innovative product after decades of clinical use, Valplast is an excellent esthetic solution for the replacement of missing teeth where cost or physiological factors preclude fixed restorations. Valplast is biocompatible for patients with allergies to acrylics, and the level of comfort is superior to metal frameworks or other resin-based partials.

Udell Dental Laboratory is an Advanced Certified Valplast laboratory.
We manufacture Valplast partials using 3D modeling and manufacturing technology. Digital modeling allows for fast and accurate control of material thickness, clasp placement, and detailing, vastly improving production time and ensuring consistent product quality.

Udell Dental Laboratory is one of the few laboratories that routinely provide Valplast alterations and repair for patients with changes in oral anatomy or damaged partials. Valplast can be repaired and re-lined using recommended techniques from the manufacturer. Other traditional repair processes will not work on Valplast partials due to differences in materials and techniques.

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New Federal Medical Device Excise Tax will not apply to vast majority of products made by U.S. Domestic Dental Laboratories



Full Contour Zirconia Crowns from Udell Dental Laboratory

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Tooth Movement an Alternative to Bone Transplants

Although replacing lost teeth often involves artificially building up the jaw, researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, are now showcasing a new method whereby teeth are instead moved into the toothless area using a brace, giving patients the chance of having more teeth.

When we lose our teeth, perhaps because of illness or injury, the jaw in the toothless area also decreases in volume. This reduction makes it difficult to carry out dental implants, often leaving just one option for replacing lost teeth: building up the jaw with bone transplant.

Alternative method

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy are now presenting an alternative method. In an experimental study on dogs, the Gothenburg researchers managed to use a brace to move existing teeth into a toothless area with limited bone volume, without any reduction of the tooth’s natural attachment in the jaw.

In a subsequent clinical study, consultant Orthodontist Birgitta Lindskog Stokland and her colleagues also managed to show that the same procedure in humans caused only small changes in the tissue around the tooth.

No lasting problems

“X-rays showed some damage to the root known as root resorption, but this didn’t seem to cause any lasting problems,” says Lindskog Stokland. “What’s more, our follow-ups a year later showed that the damage had lessened.”

The original site of the moved tooth suffers a reduction in bone mass and dental tissue volume, though not to the same extent as when teeth come out for other reasons. This means that this area is well-suited to implants or other tooth replacements, without there being any need for bone transplants.

More teeth more easily

“In other words, many patients can be given more teeth more easily,” says Lindskog Stoklan.

Tooth Movement an Alternative to Bone Transplants

Burs- tools of the trade

Dental Burs