Ivoclar Vivadent has patented a dental object for intraoral attachment to teeth, featuring a housing or retaining plate with a gutta-percha adhesive region. The design includes sensors, textured surfaces, latching elements, and prefabricated passage openings for fluid guidance. GlobalData’s report on Ivoclar Vivadent gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Dental object with gutta-percha material for tooth attachment

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Ivoclar Vivadent AG

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11950927B2) discloses a dental object designed for attachment to a tooth in the intraoral space. The object includes a housing and/or a retaining plate with a sensor, along with an adhesive region containing gutta-percha material for attachment to the tooth. The gutta-percha material features a prefabricated passage opening for fluid guidance and can include antibacterial particles, a plasticizer, and channels for saliva conduction. The method of attaching the dental object involves pressing the adhesive region onto the tooth, with options for heating the gutta-percha material before attachment.

Furthermore, the patent details a method for using gutta-percha to attach the dental object to the tooth, emphasizing the sensor-equipped housing and/or retaining plate. The gutta-percha material is intricately designed with latching elements, connecting elements, and a textured surface for secure attachment. The method involves attaching the dental object using the gutta-percha material, ensuring a form fit between the adhesive region and the housing/retaining plate. Overall, the patent highlights innovative techniques for dental object attachment and underscores the importance of gutta-percha material in dental applications.

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