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Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing in Dentistry

Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing in Dentistry

11/21/2023 7:20:46 AM   |   Comments: 0   |   Views: 21

Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing in Dentistry

3D printers have become increasingly prominent in the dental industry, and for good reason: they are proving to be an invaluable tool in the creation of dental appliances and models. Continue reading for an ultimate guide to 3D printing in dentistry with insights from the experts at Safco Dental Supply.


A Brief History of 3D Printing in Dentistry

3D printers were first introduced in the 1990s as a new method of creating dental implants. As technology advanced, the applications for three-dimensional printing in dental treatments exploded. Read on to learn how dental 3D printers are used today.


How is 3D Printing Used in Dentistry?

Below are some of the most common applications for 3D printing in dentistry.


Creation of Dental Crowns and Bridges 

For many practices, dental crowns and bridges make up a large portion of monthly production. 

Traditionally, impressions would have to be sent out to an external dental laboratory in order to ensure the fabrication of the crown or bridge. In turn, patients would have to wear a temporary crown or bridge for 1-2 weeks until their permanent prosthesis arrived back in the office.

With the use of a 3D printer, the use of an external lab is completely eliminated. A fully-functional and accurate prosthetic can be printed in your practice in a matter of minutes.

Production of Denture Frames and Dental Implants

3D printed denture frames and dental implants can be immediately and accurately produced on-demand in your practice. Perhaps what is most notable is that the prosthesis that is printed can be completely customized and individualized specifically for your patient. 

Orthodontic Applications of 3D Printing

3D printing has various useful applications in orthodontics, such as the creation of orthodontic models, retainers, bonding trays, and splints. The use of a 3D printer helps optimize production workflow and create precise and individualized finished products.

3D Printing for Dental Surgery Preparations

Dental implant surgery requires extensive measuring and planning to ensure an accurate and successful outcome. You can use your 3D printer to create precise anatomical models that can be used as intelligent and tangible surgical guides to be used in conjunction with digital models and scans.


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