What is Digital Dentistry?

Digital dentistry is used as a technology or devices such as the precise intraoral scanners, 3D imaging aids, CAD/CAM software and 3D printers. It can enhance and increase the efficiency such as; 2D imaging, Impression making and conventional manufacturing methods compared to traditional technology.

3D dental printing

3D dental printing is the new technology of digital dentistry. It is used mostly for reliability, reproducibility, providing fast & accurate and high quality of dental treatment. It will feature a laser or light that polymerizes with a liquid with the computer-guided precision required to produce small objects with intricate details. It is a versatile technique which allows the fabrication of fully automated, tailor-made treatment plans.

Print disparates denture bases with long-term biocompatible material that displays extremely lower shrinkage elements in comparison to conventional PMMA milled materials. Attach to printed or milled teeth for a final hybrid denture. With the help of 3D dental printing, dental laboratories are able to produce:

  • Hawley Retainers
  • Crowns/Bridge models
  • Full dentures
  • Clear Aligner models
  • Patterns for casting and pressing
  • Splints/Occlusal guards
  • Surgical guides

Cost of 3D dental printing is based on several factors like; Print quality, Dental 3D software, Reliability and repeatability. The cost will start around 1000$ for molds using a special casting resin and for an industrial grade dental additive manufacturing system it may cost up to tens of thousand dollars.

3D dental printing process

The 3D dental printing process is being implemented for dentists to help to create the models for patients. The process of 3D dental printing are:

  • Scan: The patient’s mouth will be scanned with a small digital wand and create the 3D images of the gums & teeths.
  • Design: Then, it is saved in a computer where CAD (Computer Aided Design) software will help to design the tooth which is needed to repair.
  • Print: Once, design of the tooth is completed, the file is then imported to print for the preparation of software.
  • Prepare: After the parts are printed, they are washed, dried and post-cured.

Benefits of 3D printing

3D printing is an important tool for better oral health. Here are the some benefits of 3D dental printing:

  • Faster with more accuracy
  • Accessibility and integration
  • New application and material innovations
  • Greater efficiency
  • Simplified production process
  • Better fit

3D dental printing is the innovations with a broader range of materials and faster than traditional innovations. To learn more about 3D dental printing, visit our clinic or book an appointment. Our professional team is always ready to serve you with good oral health tips.



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