Metal RPDs? Too rigid. Flexible RPDs? Too flimsy.

When Solvay® Dental 360 set out to develop a new material for removable partial dentures (RPDs), the goal was to create a high-performance polymer to fill the gap between the metal and flexible frames currently on the market. Dr. Ryan Murphy, Ph.D., a polymer scientist for Solvay says, “Metals are way too rigid and flexibles are entirely too flimsy.” With this in mind, Solvay drew from their 25-year history as metal-replacing experts in the healthcare industry to produce Ultaire® AKP. This innovative aryl ketone polymer (AKP) is formulated to meet critical performance requirements for RPDs. “We saw an opportunity based on a lot of the undesirable traits and potential poor health consequences of metal RPDs,” says Dr. Murphy. “Ultaire® AKP is metal-free, it’s lightweight, it’s comfortable for patients. It’s biocompatible and it’s tooth-supported. It’s very bone-like in its properties.” “Ultaire® AKP hits that sweet spot between metals and flexibles.”

Improve patient comfort and overall experience

With Ultaire® AKP, dentists can offer patients a premium alternative to metal and flexible RPDs. Dr. Murphy goes on to explain, “Ultaire® AKP sits right in between, designed specifically to enhance the rigidity of the polymer to be supportive and to have a very long lifetime. But also, to have some flexibility and elasticity to be able to improve the patient comfort and overall experience.”

Still prescribing metal RPDs? This is the polymer you’ve been waiting for

Ultaire® AKP RPDs are a metal-free, comfortable, lightweight, biocompatible and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional metal frames. Ultaire® AKP is bone-like in its properties and 60% lighter than metal. It’s not a flexible, but rather a paradigm-shifting polymer. Key product benefits:

  • Strong enough to be tooth-supported
  • May help minimize bone loss
  • Minimal fitting sessions and adjustments
  • High patient satisfaction
  • May improve patient compliance

Solvay® Dental 360 is part of the global company Solvay, which has the broadest portfolio of high-performance healthcare polymers worldwide with over 35 brands in more than 1,500 formulations. Solvay is now bringing this expertise to the dental industry with Ultaire® AKP. “Solvay® Dental 360 is passionate about science,” says Murphy. “This is reflected in our parent company’s long history of innovation. So, we’re aiming to bring all of this talent, all of these unique chemistries that we have that are not served by any other player in the dental market, direct to you.”