The use of 3D printing in the dental industry, and more generally in the medical field, in recent years is growing exponentially. They are no longer a novelty 3D printed prostheses, dental implants, biological structures of human tissue, surgical devices and so on. If you want to know more about new dental technologies, click here to contact us online.
In dentistry, professionals can perform oral scans and print them directly in 3D through desktop printers or 3D printing services.
3D printed dentures technology, for its part, is developing tools, such as scanners and printers, increasingly specific to the sector. 3D dental printers use a wide range of materials (metal, ceramic or meltable resins), chosen on the basis of their final application. 3D printing in the dental industry is highly successful mainly because it allows the customization of products based on individual needs.
Prosthetics and implants, which must perfectly correspond to the patient’s morphology, find their main ally in additive production. Thanks to this technology, it’s therefore possible to obtain an accurate 3D model and propose solutions that are perfectly suited to the customer.
The metal printing perfectly meets the needs of this sector because it allows in a short time the production of plants that have a very high level of customization.
Digital dentistry guarantees custom solutions in a short time. For example, if a device does not fit the patient, simply go and edit the 3D file. In fact, it’s not necessary to repeat the entire process as it happens for injection molding.
How is 3D printing changing working methods in the dental industry?
Thanks to 3D printing it’s possible to print accurate and detailed prostheses with biocompatible materials, to realize surgical guides and orthodontic models for thermoforming.
One of the most common applications is the production of crowns.
The process, very simple and executable by the dentist himself, consists of scanning the patient’s teeth, modeling them and printing the crown directly in 3D.
Additive manufacturing also plays a central role in implant surgery. A replacement tooth can be made quickly, with greater precision and at lower costs than traditional techniques.
3D printing in the dental industry intervenes not only in the realization of devices but also in methods and processes. In fact, it’s used for the creation of work tools and plays a decisive role in increasing the production flexibility for the construction of 3D models.