3D Printing in Dentistry

High-speed 3D printing expedites the process of dental restorations.

When it comes to dental restoration, most people want results quickly. Whether you have aesthetic concerns or you’re dealing with discomfort from damaged teeth, getting your smile restored as efficiently as possible is important.  

Normally, if you need dentures, a bridge, orthodontic aligners, or anything of the sort, your dentist would rely on an external lab to manufacture your dental device. With 3D printing technology, however, these can all be created at your dentist’s office. 

How Does It Work?

After your dentist completes a CBCT scan, they will use a 3D model of your mouth to custom design a dental device. The printer will then begin to quickly construct the device with high-quality materials according to the exact dimensions of the 3D model. The process of 3D printing is fast and efficient, and the result is a dental device that is a precise fit for your unique dental needs – created right in your dentist’s office rather than a separate lab.

The Benefits of 3D Printing in Dentistry

Precise fitting. 3D printing works with digital impressions from 3D scanners to detect and record every detail of your mouth, resulting in dental prosthetics that fit exactly how they should. 

Reduced wait time. 3D printing allows clinics to produce dental devices much faster than traditional methods. Dentures, for instance, take 70-80% less time to produce with this technology.

Fewer appointments needed. Because in-house 3D printing streamlines the production process, patients typically need just two appointments as opposed to the four or five visits traditionally required for fitting and placing dental devices. 

Less room for error. Manual methods of producing dental devices are labor intensive and leave room for human error. Models are typically shipped back and forth between the dentist’s office and the production lab several times before the device is properly fitted for the patient. With in-house 3D printing, the process is much more reliable and the results are more precise.   

3D printing in dentistry

An Expert Weighs In

“The realm of digital dentistry has come a long way and continues to push the envelope of what is possible. We entered the game early on, so we are privy to the technology. The applications are so exciting and ultimately benefit the patient experience. There remains room for improvement, so we are committed to push this frontier.”

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