3D printing has revolutionized the field of dentistry and has brought many benefits to dental professionals as well as dental patients. At North Alabama Smiles in Arab, Alabama, we integrate 3D printing solutions into our activity and in the dental care we provide to our patients to offer improved and advanced treatments and quickly and efficiently resolve oral conditions.
What Are the Applications of 3D Printing in Dentistry?
There are several applications of 3D printing in dentistry, including:
- Repairing or Replacing Impaired Teeth
Computer-aided design (CAD) software allows dental providers to digitally design tooth repairs, restorations, or appliances by digitally scanning the patient’s mouth with a small digital wand. This helps create a 3D picture of the teeth and gums that is saved on a computer drive. This data can be used to manufacture the restoration using a 3D printer.
- Manufacturing Orthodontic Models or Restorations
Once the teeth are scanned and an orthodontic appliance is designed, dentists can use 3D printing technology to print orthodontic appliances, crowns, bridges, dental implants, and more.
- Manufacturing Surgical Tools
3D printers can also be used to manufacture specialized tools used in dental procedures such as drill guides.
Benefits of Using 3D Printing in Dentistry
- Better Fit for the Patient
3D printers can manufacture complex appliances in a very short time. As 3D-printed oral devices are custom-fabricated, they are more accurate and offer a better fit for the patient while also reducing the necessary trimming or polishing of the teeth.
- Simplified Production Process
Dentistry has incorporated digital manufacturing technologies to simplify production processes. Today’s 3D printers eliminate older techniques like taking molds and can be used to manufacture oral devices like retainers, nightguards, and clear aligners.
- Save Time & Money
3D printing allows for appliances to be printed in a very short span more accurately than using traditional methods. The increased production capacity and more accurate results can benefit patients by saving them time and money.
For the best and most advanced dental procedures in Arab, Alabama, contact North Alabama Smiles at (256) 586-8100 or visit our office at 55 Golf view Dr NE #5467, Arab, AL 35016.