Feasibility Study on a Process for Electroless Metal Deposition in Pits and Fissures of Teeth for Use in Preventive Dentistry.
Annual rept. no. 1,
MISSOURI UNIV ROLLA MATERIALS RESEARCH CENTER
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A feasibility study on the electroless metal plating of teeth has been conducted. The primary purpose of the study was to evaluate the possible use of a chemically deposited metal film as a pit and fissure sealant. All of the work reported was performed on extracted human teeth. The process consists of applications of suitable metal deposition solutions and reducing agents in a sufficient number of sequences to provide the desired coating thickness. Copper andor silver films in the range of 0.003 inches can be obtained in less than ten minutes. The deposits are adherent and resist scratching when standard dental hand tools are used. The deposits were also characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy, x-ray analysis and Auger analysis.
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