When talking about technology, then 3D printing will never be left out. Across the world, like in Christchurch, the use of a 3D printer has been of great advantage to the different industry, especially in the field of dentistry. With this technology, it has become possible to create 3D printed braces, bridges, dentures, and even teeth. Below are some information on how this technology is changing the world of dentistry.
3D Printed Dental Models
The use of a 3D printer has grown in terms of popularity in Christchurch. It made the construction of dental models possible to create implants, dentures, crowns, and bridges.
Instead of enduring the very long process of taking dental impressions and making a plaster casting from the mold, dentists just have to scan the patient’s mouth and print a casting using an AutoCAD. Then, dentists will use the casting to test braces, crowns, castings, braces, retainers, and bridges without requiring patients to make several trips to the dentist for fitting.
Molds are needed to create braces and these can be constructed with a 3D printer. Braces that are made with this printer offers several benefits than traditional metal braces, such as being hypoallergenic and removability. Those with allergies and have metal sensitivities can benefit from this.
Bridges and Dentures
Getting dentures or bridges often takes time. You need to wait for dentures to be made. While waiting, it means that you have to bear with the hole in your smile or you may have to wear temporary dentures. These are very uncomfortable. With the help of 3D printing technology, dentists can simply scan the mouth in minutes. Then they just make the pattern on the computer and start printing the denture or bridge. The best part is, the process would take less than 24 hours or even less.
Crowns and Printed Teeth
Just like with dentures and bridges, the process to install crowns would require a minimum of two visits to the dentist. But a printed crown will just take an hour. After scanning the mouth, the crown is sculpted from a dental composite in the printer based on the design that is being sent from an AutoCAD program.
For 3D printed teeth, they are also made in a similar way, except that in order to create a cap for the tooth, the entire tooth implant is sculpted from a dental composite.
What is more interesting is that implants and printed teeth can even be made with some antimicrobial properties. This means that teeth can potentially kill germs. They are created with positively charged salts that react with and kill the negatively charged bacteria like those that are responsible for tooth decay.
Thanks to the 3D printing technology, we get to enjoy these advances today. Aside from the field of dentistry, the technology is also utilized in many more fields like in health, education, architecture, engineering, business, etc.