The University of Florida is seeking companies interested in commercializing a multifunctional smart denture that monitors health. Twenty-five percent of adults age 60 and older in the U.S. have lost all their natural teeth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and approximately 20 million Americans wear full or partial dentures. Because dentures are only supported by tissues in the oral cavity, not anchored into the jaw bone, keeping them in place can pose a challenge: At least half of denture wearers experience problems with fit. Dentists rely on in-office visits to determine proper fit, but such invasive examinations are not accurate reflections of the environment dentures are subjected to during normal day-to-day routines. The Multifunctional Smart Denture (SDS) developed by University of Florida researchers incorporates microsensors in a device capable of detecting gaps between the denture and oral tissue, in addition to stress, strain, pressure, movement and temperature. The denture also has the potential to include advanced sensors that monitor pH, glucose and other chemicals in saliva to detect health issues, and to deliver medication.
ApplicationSmart denture that uses microsensors and wireless signals to serve as a noninvasive health monitoring device
- Provides continuous, noninvasive health monitoring, allowing for improved patient comfort and safety
- Detects oral diseases, HIV, cancers and diabetes through saliva, saving patients time and money on costly diagnostic procedures
- Features a drug-delivery dispenser, giving patients a reliable, worry-free way to take medications
- Highly customizable, allowing for personalized patient care
- Transmits wireless signals in real-time, making it practical for health care professionals to collect health data from patients without the need for office visits
- Features a user-friendly computer interface, simplifying data collection