The applications and advantages of polymers are so plentiful you can practically pick a domain and find an innovative use for them. Dentistry is one such new domain where Solvay is in the process of revolutionizing dental prosthetics with Ultaire™ AKP, a new high-performance polymer.
Smartphones, cookware, airplanes… Polymers are an integral part of countless objects in our everyday lives. And now they are being used successfully for dentistry as well.
Removable partial dentures (RPDs) — prescribed when patients have several missing teeth — have historically been fabricated from metal, requiring a labor-intensive and time-consuming manufacturing process for dental labs. But that was before.
RPDs made from Ultaire™ AKP (standing for “aryl ketone polymer”) offer dental labs, dentists and patients a long list of advantages: they’re biocompatible, lightweight and free from the unpleasant metallic taste of old-fashioned RPDs – not to mention they look better.