3D Printing in Dentistry

In all types of businesses, 3D printing is a game-changer: Due to 3D printing, new treatment methods and new business models have been introduced.

Medical technology and dentistry are common industries where 3D modeling is used. In the medical technology sector, the use of 3D modeling techniques generated a revenue of 0.26 billion Euros, which is estimated to rise to 5.59 billion Euros by 2030.

3D modeling started in dentistry when denture bases were printed using the laser-controlled method. Dental models followed suit. 3D modeling offers printable orthodontic and prosthodontic appliances (crowns, bridges), aligners, and models.

The innovation continues to 3D imprinted floss holder, modeled smiles that serve as a template for the patient to see what the result would be of an orthodontic process.

In some instances, 3D imprinted teeth are implanted in the patient’s mouth via a robot. A visual jaw forms after the removal of oral cancer, and then it’s restoration made via 3D printing methods lead to the implementation of a block of bone into the excised area.

3D printing or modeling is also implemented in resins for dentistry and beams. Previously, lasers had dancing beams. 3D modeling has renovated the idea, offering one-time exposure of laser beam with a high degree of precision.

3D modeling is done from plastics and metals both, by different methods of imprinting, making crowns, bridges and denture bases. The metal used mostly is either an alloy or titanium.

Models produced in dentistry by 3D imprinting include the production of implant masks, templates for drilling, designs for casting, impression trays which are used to obtain impressions, splints (which hold mobile teeth together), aligners, temporary restorations, crowns, bridges and their bases, bars on casts metal partial dentures and denture bases.

3D printing in dentistry introduces clinical, technical, and economic possibilities.

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