Magnets in dentistry
Dr Dias, Andrew Paul Lakshman Henry (Principal investigator)
Other Funding Scheme
Magnets have been used in dentistry for over 50 years. With the development of the rare-earth-cobalt alloy magnets, their use became widespread both as retention aids for prostheses and for orthodontic tooth movement. Such magnetic systems are available commercially. However, in the development of such systems the available literature reveals that basic physical principles have largely been ignored or erroneous baseless assemptions made. The force-distance relationship has been said to be according to the inverse-square law or some other "laws". The keeper has largely been ignored. Retention has been claimed to be dependant on the speed of separation. These claims and others will be examined both theoretically and experimentally.