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How 3D Printing is Used in Dentistry

Rapid growth has come from the 3D printer since its original conception in the 1990s. During the mid-2000s, the medical care industry began to implement 3D printing. This medical care included dentistry. As with any new technology, however, the printer has evolved with adjustments and new model creations. As of recent years, dental 3D printers are available to many dental offices. Now you may be wondering, how exactly is 3D printing used in dentistry? We have the answers.

Custom Appliances Creation

Each individual has a mouth full of different teeth. For each patient’s various needs, unique molds and other products will require creation. No two sets of teeth are alike! Traditionally, the dental industry relies on manual compositions of custom dental pieces for each patient. However, thanks to 3D printing, dentists can now have highly customized appliances created digitally. Without the need for manual creation, less labor is required of employees, which leads to lower costs for both the dentist and their patients. 

Braces and Dental Aligners

Clear aligners are one of the most popular orthodontic treatments, even surpassing braces themselves. Dental offices can print clear aligners thanks to digital 3D printing. Dental offices with this printer in their office can now create their custom retainers, aligners, and more.

Digitally Printed Dentures

Creating dentures was once a labor-intensive and time-consuming production. Thankfully, however, 3D printing has changed that. Now dentists have an efficient and lower-cost solution to the manufacturing of dentures and dental implants. The advancements in printing technology now allow the dentures’ digital design to be modified and reused before printing. This printing method is paving the way for more inclusive dental treatments all over. 

Improve Patient Experience

While the dentists seem to be the ones who benefit the most from digitally printed dental appliances, the truth is that the patients are the ones who benefit the most. With the exact accuracy that 3D printers provide, the products will fit perfectly, and the patient may not need to come in as often while saving them both time and money in the long run. 

Contact Dr. Pollock For Dental Implants

If you’re in need of oral surgery or dental implants, please call Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery to make an appointment with our team. You can reach us today at (469) 264-8921. You can also visit our contact page or reach us via email at info@dentalimplantsurgery.com.