3D printing technology is finding increased utilization potential in dentistry with each passing day. Gone are the days when the dentists and their team had to do everything by themselves. Thanks to modern dental technology and 3D printing, many of the dental procedures have now become automated. While knowing that 3-D printing technology is highly beneficial for the dentists. How will this technology prove to beneficial for the patients? Continue reading to find out!
Normally, when you visit your dentist for getting a crown or veneers made they send them to a lab. You would be told that it would take a few days, even weeks before your prosthesis is ready. This is an inconvenience for many patients, as they have to visit again for getting them attached to their teeth. This problem has been solved by 3D printing. Your dentist will just make a digital impression of your teeth. The digital impressions will then be fed into the software. Allowing your dentist to design your prosthesis while visualizing 3-dimensional images of your teeth. Not only this, your dentist can prepare your prosthesis at the chairside in a few minutes. So, 3D printing saves the time of you and your dentist.
Say goodbye to uncomfortable and messy teeth impressions! 3D printing technology works with digital scanners which can record even the slightest details of your teeth and gums. As a result, not only these digital impressions much for convenient and comfortable but they are also much more accurate the conventional physical impressions.
What you see is What you Get!
Thanks to 3D printing technology, you can actually see how your teeth will look after restoration or prosthesis is placed, even before your dentist presses the start button of the 3D printer. This not only means that you can give your input before your treatment is started but will also have no surprises. You will get exactly what you saw on the screen of the 3D printer.
Accuracy and Precision
No matter how skillful Time-Saving dental laboratory technologist is, there will always be a room for human error. But with 3D printing technology, you can rest assured that your prosthesis will be prepared exactly according to the desired dimension. This means that not only the 3D printed prostheses will have precise dimensions, and there will be considerably lower chances of development of teeth cavities, which could have otherwise formed where there is a gap between a prosthesis and the tooth structure.
As discussed earlier, the 3D printed prostheses are much more precise than the ones made by humans. This is because laboratory-based prostheses have higher chances of having residual structural defects and imperfections which can reduce their life. On the other hand, the excellent precision and accuracy of prostheses made by 3D printing minimize inherent defects. As a result, these prostheses have a longer life than conventional ones.
When we talk about restoring or replacing teeth, the foremost requirement is lifelike appearance and pleasant esthetics of the restoration or prostheses. 3D printed prostheses are fabricated while ensuring that they possess exactly the same color and shade as the adjacent teeth. Before starting your treatment, your dentist will first digitally record the shade and color of the teeth which are adjacent to the ones which need to be restored or replaced. This information will be fed into the 3D printer system, and the resultant prosthesis will barely distinguishable from your own natural teeth.
This is just the beginning. As more research is being done in the 3D printing technology, newer and innovative solutions and dental treatment options will become available. The latest technology will not only revolutionize the industry but will also make dental treatment more convenient and painless for the patients.