Oral surgeons may one day have an easier, less costly approach to one important aspect of dental restoration, thanks to a newly patented process developed by researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
The process computerizes the method for creating a dental bar, also called an overdenture. For dental restoration procedures, the device is the bridge connecting dental implants to dentures.
The computerized approach was developed by Dr. Ming Leu, the Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Distinguished Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing at Missouri S&T, and one of Leu’s former students, Amit Gawate, who received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 2005. Leu and Gawate were recently awarded a patent for their process.