Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > Research Fills Dental Need

Abstract:
South Dakota Tech research group is investigating a new type of nanotech enabled dental filling.

Research Fills Dental Need

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, SD – November 05, 2004

South Dakota Tech research group is investigating a new type of dental filling that looks better, lasts longer, and has fewer safety concerns than the silver fillings widely used today.

Dr. Hao Fong and his research group are using a $64,905 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Dental and Craniofacial Research to fund the first year of a two-year research project. Fong’s research focuses on improving the polymer composite fillings already in use, despite their drawbacks. Polymer fillings stain, shrink and wear much more quickly than silver fillings, so they must be replaced in a fraction of the time.

Fong is an assistant professor in Tech’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and he is one of the leading scientists nationwide in the field of “electrospinning and nanofibers.”

“Improving the mechanical properties and reducing internal stresses have been among the major research efforts for polymeric dental restorative composites for decades,” Fong said. “If successful, this research may lead to the next generation dental restorative composite filling material, which will eventually benefit everyone who needs to repair a tooth cavity.”

To accomplish that, Fong is using electrospun polymer nanofibers to create the filling material. Electrospinning is a technology that produces unique polymer nanofibers with diameters typically in the range from 50 nanometers to 500 nanometers. The diameter of a human hair is 4,000 times greater than that of a nanofiber.

The electrospun polymer nanofibers possess extraordinary structural perfection and are mechanically strong. The finished material will be white to match the tooth it fills.

The research is important because traditional fillings — called amalgams — have created controversy over the years. Most people recognize dental amalgams as silver fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury, and an alloy of silver, tin and copper.

Mercury generally makes up 45 to 50 percent of the compound, and is used to bind the metals together and to provide a strong, hard, durable filling. After years of research, mercury has been found to be the only element that will bind these metals together in such a way that can be easily manipulated into a tooth cavity.

However, some people believe that the mercury in tooth fillings can cause medical problems, including kidney, intestinal, neurological, fertility, heart, and other concerns.

The nanofiber research being conducted by Dr. Fong and his associates at South Dakota Tech will go a long way toward the elimination of these health worries.


Contact:

501 East Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605)394-2400
800-544-8162
FAX (605)394-6131

Copyright © South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

If you have a comment, please us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Possible Futures

Magnetic wormhole connecting 2 regions of space created for the first time: The device could have applications in medicine, opening up ways to make MRIs more comfortable for patients September 4th, 2015

Silk bio-ink could help advance tissue engineering with 3-D printers September 2nd, 2015

Sediment dwelling creatures at risk from nanoparticles in common household products August 13th, 2015

Harris & Harris Group Reports Financial Statements as of June 30, 2015, and Announces a Stock Repurchase Program August 10th, 2015

Investments/IPO's/Splits

Nanometrics to Participate in the Citi 2015 Global Technology Conference August 26th, 2015

Nanostart AG: First-half figures 2015 published and new supervisory board elected : Publication of first-half figures 2015 - Shareholders' meeting elected new supervisory board August 22nd, 2015

Harris & Harris Group Portfolio Company, AgBiome, Secures $34.5 Million Series B Financing Led By Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation August 20th, 2015

Harris & Harris Group Reports Financial Statements as of June 30, 2015, and Announces a Stock Repurchase Program August 10th, 2015

Announcements

New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in three dimensions: International team seamlessly bonds CNTs and graphene September 5th, 2015

Multi-million pound project to use nanotechnology to improve safety September 4th, 2015

Magnetic wormhole connecting 2 regions of space created for the first time: The device could have applications in medicine, opening up ways to make MRIs more comfortable for patients September 4th, 2015

Making fuel from light: Argonne research sheds light on photosynthesis and creation of solar fuel September 3rd, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic