For this edition of ‘3D in focus’, 3DMedNet and our panel of experts turn their attention to how 3D printing is disrupting dental practice and research. Find out more in this series of Editorials and interviews focused on the future of 3D printing technologies in dentistry.
3D printing technologies have had a tremendous impact in dental practice and research from advances in maxillofacial surgeries, to the cost-effective production of aligners.
Dentists are able to print models, crowns, mouth guards and surgical guides chairside, in the clinic, or can outsource projects to larger laboratories which may have more sophisticated equipment.
What’s more, advances in materials research has enabled vast improvements to color libraries enhancing aesthetic appeal and personalization capabilities. Printed implants and crowns can be color matched and printed to fit the patient, reducing the risk of post-treatment complications from poor or loose fitting components.
As with most disease areas and medical applications of 3D printing, surgical models and guides have also been advantageous in the dental arena as dentists are able to rehearse complex procedures and ensure the perfect fit of implants prior to an appointment, further reducing risk and enhancing patient experience.
Overall, in a field where aesthetics are highly regarded, the cost-effective and highly personalizable nature of 3D printing has been a huge advantage for the speedy and widespread adoption of the technology in dental practice and research.
In the journal
Access these top three journal articles relating to 3D printing applications in dentistry for free as part of this feature, handpicked by the 3DMedNet and Journal of 3D Printing in Medicine teams.
- 3D printing in dentistry
- Overview of structural mechanical investigations on additively manufactured medical products
- Regulatory framework in 3D printing
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In the news
The 3DMedNet team has handpicked their top three news stories published over the last few years, relating to applications of 3D printing in dental practice and research.
- CRIQ explores 3D printing for patient-specific jaw reconstruction
- 'Real' printed dentures
- Antifungal medication releasing dentures created using 3D printing
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