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By KERI BLAKINGER
Houston Chronicle 

Texas prisons start 3D-denture printing program

 


HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The first thing you notice about Richard Buehning is his salt-and-pepper beard.

Shaggy and thick, it covers his mouth — and his lack of teeth. For the better part of two decades, that toothless grin has been a source of shame for the Texas prisoner. It made eating hard, and smiling awkward, until he grew a bush of hair to cover it up.

Now, he can finally shave it all off. Last month, the 63-year-old became one of the first prisoners to get 3D-printed teeth. Seven months after the Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced plans to launch a start-of-the-art d...



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