3D printing is the new phase of innovation. Not just in the dental industry but in all industries where manufacturing is concerned. This technology aims to bring the best products to the hands of dental practitioners in DIY fashion while being affordable.
Have you heard how 3D printing will transform the field of dentistry?
When first introduced to dental labs, 3D printers just made components that were used in the making of the final restorations but were not utilized for the final products, themselves. Ultimately, the goal is for 3D printing produce those objects.
Enhance the patient experience and your dental business with digital dentistry. No longer do we have wasted time, materials, or storage space. Even the smallest labs nowadays can now go straight from intraoral scan to in-house production with a seamless digital workflow. Eliminate the days of delivery times and produce more accurate, comfortable, and practical dental appliances.
Digital technology and 3D printing have significantly elevated the rate of dental implantology success through the use of custom surgical guides. Learn how 3D printed surgical guides are manufactured and used during surgery, and the benefits they provide to dental surgeons and patients through versatility, cost and time savings.
Clinicians are rapidly adopting various brands in 3D technologies to lower costs, provide more convenient chairside care and have tighter control over the treatment procedures. Dental labs, meanwhile, are finding 3D printing technologies are allowing them to increase competitiveness and re-shore production.
What can you do with 3D printing technology in dentistry?
1) Flexible Gingiva Masks
2) Dental and Orthodontic Models
3) Crowns, Bridges, Copings and Partial Denture Frameworks
4) Surgical Drill Guides Bite
5) Splints or Night Guards
6) Direct Crowns and Bridges
7) Indirect Bonding Trays
8) Denture Bases
Throughout recent years, dental patients are searching for viable alternatives to maintain their oral health’s longevity. It is true that dental implants are a viable solution to replace missing teeth without the need to destroy neighboring healthy dentition. Do you know that traditionally, replacing a missing tooth required the patient to go through a series of preparations on 2 or more healthy teeth adjacent to the missing tooth to construct a bridge? Today, dental implants remove that requirement and are a more conservative approach in replacing the missing tooth. A dental practitioner can place an implant into the site without much affecting or damaging the adjacent healthy teeth.
The output component for CAD/CAM was traditionally the mill. 3D printers have started to take their place for some workflows, with seemingly constant evolution. While there is certainly a nice appeal to 3D printing even now in 2017, it isn’t just the cool new toy to impress your friends. Properly integrating a 3D printer helps labs not only be more productive moreover but also assist labs to become more fully invested in digital dentistry.
In the next few years, there will be increasingly more dental clinics will adopt this technology as it becomes more accessible and user-friendly. There is only one future right ahead of us, and that would be printing end-user parts. This will all unfold in the coming years.