How is 3-D Printing Used in Dentistry?
The invention of 3-D printing has served to make a variety of innovations in dental technology. There are many kinds of tools that can be created more quickly and efficiently through the use of 3-D printing. Not only can this make the creation of tools faster, but it can also reduce the costs. There are studies dedicated to advancing the use of 3-D printing in dentistry, but there are already plenty of uses for 3-D printing.
Convenient and Fast
The ability to print dental tools directly in the office helps to make the process much faster. Rather than getting an imprint taken and waiting while the imprint is sent to the lab, made, and sent back to the dentist’s office, the tool can be made directly in the office. Additionally, the use of 3-D printing requires a 3-D scan, which eliminates the need for gross, gummy imprints.
3-D printing allows the use of CEREC crowns, which can be implemented the same day. These crowns are created directly in the office, which will allow patients to receive a permanent crown immediately, rather than wait for a permanent crown to be made. This eliminates the need for uncomfortable temporary crowns that can become dislodged easily.
Make a Variety of Dental Products
3-D printing can help create a variety of products that make dental work more efficient. These products include:
- Night guards
- Clear orthodontic retainers
- Same day crowns
- Dental implants
Everyone’s mouth is formed differently, which creates the need for personalized dental implants. This can result in long waits for a lab to create these specialized tools, which can create discomfort during the wait time. This can also require several dental visits, while 3-D printing can cause procedures to be done in a single visit.
Here at Jenson Dental, we are happy to be able to offer 3-D printing solutions for our patients. These can allow you to get the dental work you need more quickly and effectively. Printing directly from our office allows us to ensure that your implant will be a perfect fit for you. For more information about 3-D printing and how it is used in dentistry, contact us at Jenson Dental today!