The dental Industry has embraced 3D printing along with the aviation and medical industries and its finances pumped into research and development is more than paying off.
Now the industry is thriving on quicker production, times of materials at lower costs, with the advancement of technology making dentistry not only affordable but with the rise of cosmetic dentistry, is now trendy!
From dental implants to a prosthesis and soon bio printing, there is no end to where 3D printing can take dentistry.
With dental surgeries training on the latest software, we are seeing them have the ability to produce in-house oral scanning and CAD themselves. We have seen the likes of this locally here at a dental surgery Canberra, Australia.
Here we take a look at the how the technology is being used in a few areas, but we can expect to see at least double the applications during the course of 2019.
3D Printed Aligners – Replacing Braces
The industry has come a long way from those socially embarrassing metal railway lines we used to have fitted on our teeth when I was a teenager. Now, 3D printed aligners have hit the dental market, aesthetically pleasing on the eye and extremely effective in their task. The first company to make the breakthrough were Invisalign, with their ‘invisible aligners’. Using digital software a 3D image of the teeth are taken and fed through to the management system within the printer, and the dentist moulds a perfect replica of the contours of the teeth into the areas that need to be moved to align with the other teeth.
3D Printed Implants
3D printing also now commonly known as ‘addictive manufacturing’ is playing an ever-increasing role in implant surgeries.
A dentist is now able to print a robust lifetime lasting tooth using digital technology. This has become a much faster and considerably more accurate method than its predecessor. The tooth can be coloured to match the surrounding teeth identically, whereby the replacement is unnoticeable.
Recently in China
The world’s first 3D dental implant was created by a robotic dentist.
In China, a 3D dental implant conducted by a robot has taken place for the first time. Dr Zhao Yimin oversaw the procedure, the robot implanted the two teeth and required no intervention during the process, with the surgery taking a little over one hour.
So the future is bright, not just for 3D printing in dentistry but robotics as well. At least you won’t have to worry about the dentist having a shaky hand.
3D Printed Crowns
Now using 3D printing crowns are being produced at a rapid pace.
With many dental surgeries producing them now in-house and has become the most common application of 3D printing in dentistry. Becoming the most popular and common application of 3D printing in dentistry. The whole process from a scan, to implementation done in a matter of two to three hours. I recently had a 3D crown myself implanted in a dentist in Woden, Canberra, I don’t think many in my local community would have bet too many dollars on that happening just a few years back.
These are just a few examples of what is in current use, but be sure by the time you visit your dentist sometime in 2019, the equipment you may be surrounded by in the dentist chair will look more like you are in a spacecraft.
Carl is an experience blogger of 9 years, is a keen health and sport enthusiast, associated with Weston Dental who are a leading family dentist Canberra, Australia.