3D Printing: Reshaping a Dentist’s Approach to Treatment

A technician repairing a 3D PrinterThese days, the creation of a dental appliance or dental restoration takes less time than it did previously. For some patients, they can have their beautiful smile back as quickly as an hour.

This is made possible by the application of 3D printing in dentistry. Dental technicians, orthodontists, and dentists are adopting 3D printing methods in producing orthodontic appliances.

What is 3D Printing?

Three-dimensional (3D) printing is now possible; it builds up items by depositing consecutive layers of material. 3D machines could create a representation of a scanned object. Many in the dental industry create crowns, bridges, and other orthodontic appliances in dental laboratories through a method that combines CAD/CAM design, scanning, and 3D printing.

3D printing has provided accurate prototypes that have been considerable successes in dental implantology and improving the accuracy of dental procedures.

Use of 3D Technology

The dentist scans the patient’s oral cavity so they could have an accurate 3D model that shows the precise condition of the teeth. Depending on the complexity of the patient’s condition, the dentist can make several dental or orthodontic appliances that will suit a patient’s condition over the course of one treatment.

The digital 3D model of the teeth can be printed to help the dentist carry out procedures on a patient. Prints will allow the dentist and the patient to visualize the treatment, as well as the outcome of the procedure.

For many patients, they could use 3D scanning to get treatment from a dentist who may live in a different state. The patient has to provide a scanned image of their teeth, and the dentist can create dental appliances that would suit the patient precisely.

3D printing has become an essential part of the medical industry, and the benefits it has given the dental profession will improve a patient’s experience and provide affordable, faster and accurate treatment.