Solvay launches dental care business line to replace metal with polymers

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Solvay is making a foray into dental medical devices with a new dental care business line “Solvay Dental 360”, the Belgian company announced 21 March.  

The business, according to Solvay, will involve “an innovative material” to replace metal in removable partial denture frames. Additionally, it will look into enabling a digital workflow that could speed up the work of dental laboratories and dentists. 

Removable partial denture (RPD) frames replace missing teeth and are typically made of metal. 

Solvay claims its new high-performance material allows for metal-free, biocompatible, more comfortable, natural-looking RPD frames which are over 60% lighter than a metal frame. 

Solvay uses its Ultaire AKP (aryl ketone polymer) material to make its Dentivera milling disc. 

From this device, dental lab technicians use software “tailored” to this material to design and mill the RPD frame, Solvay added. 

“Solvay’s… launch into medical devices is driven by our innovation power as a world leader in metal-replacing materials and proven track record in healthcare,” said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.

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