What Are the Advantages of Dental 3D Printing?
You’ve probably heard a lot about 3D printing in the last several years and how it’s enabling the fabrication of things that were previously only imaginable. 3D printing is revolutionising all kinds of industries, not least in healthcare, and one of the specific areas that have seen exponential growth is dental 3D printing.
The benefits and prevalence of 3D printing are increasing every day, thanks to breakthroughs that allow this technology to be used in a broad range of applications. In general medicine, for instance, 3D printing has been able to create a new piece of skull for a patient in the Netherlands, while in Australia, a man benefited from an entirely new leg bone.
With this incredible technology, the possibilities for improving health care are practically endless. More specifically, the field of dentistry is also recognising huge advantages of using the technology of dental 3D printing companies across a range of treatments.
Introducing the formlabs dental range
Formlabs have developed a new range of 3D dental printers, resins, and consumables to help increase the workflow and accuracy of operations in the dental industry. Adopting Formlabs into the process has meant dentists can now complete most procedures on the same day as their clients’ appointments. They have also benefited from the following:
Ease of Use
Dentists have the ability to print in-house and preform same day operations. No more delays from secondary suppliers.
Shorter wait times, quicker operations and better results.
Printing in-house means you are no longer required to depend on secondary companies for tooling etc.
formlabs dental printers
Check out our range of Formlabs dental 3D printing machines that are compatible with the Formlabs Dental Resins.
Both Formlabs and Solid Print3D offer professional support and training to ensure you can use your printer confidently
Integrate into your workflow
Designed with Dentists in Mind
Formlabs have analysed and studied the Dental industry to ensure that the printers integrate well into the workflow. At Formlabs they understand that Dentists aren’t engineers, so the printers have been designed in such a way to be intuitive for those using it.
Formlabs also offer an abundance of online training and teaching. Check out Formlabs Dental Youtube page to receive step by step tutorials of how to design and print each resin.
Formlabs Resin with the Shortest Print Time
Formlabs Draft Resin V2 is the quickest resin to print with, reducing print times by up to 3 times. Use Draft Resin V2 to reduce client wait times, improve efficiency and to create accurate dental models.
- Rapid Modelling
Dental Model Resin
Designed for crown and bridge models with removable dies
Dental Model Resin can create high-precision, high-accuracy models which can be used for making moulds, helping junior dentists to visualise their operation or digital sculpting. Parts are printed to crisp margins and with a professional matte finish.
- Making and digital sculpting
Dental LT Clear V2 Resin
Create High-Quality Splints In-house
Print affordable, high-quality occlusal splints in-house with Dental LT Clear Resin (V2). Highly durable and resistant to fracture, this colour-corrected material prints clear, polishes to high optical transparency, and resists discoloration over time for a finished appliance you’ll be proud to deliver.
- Occlusal guards
Temporary CB Resin
Print Custom Inlays, Outlays and Veneers
Increase your productivity and reduce client wait times by adopting Temporary CB Resin into your work flow. Use this Resin to print custom inlays, outlays and veneers to get your clients a more personalised and durable Crown/Bridge restoration.
- Inlays, Outlays and Veneers
- Crown/Bridge Restorations
Custom Tray Resin
Print Custom Impression Trays In-house
Custom Tray Resin is a medical-grade material that is made for creating impression trays. Printing custom trays using a high-quality dental printer 3D ensures an even distribution of impression material and more accurate impressions.
- Custom Impression Trays
Print In-direct Bond Trays
IBT Resin is used to print Indirect Bond Trays, a Bond Tray is a tool used to hold braces in place while they are adhered to the patients teeth. Adopting this dentistry style reduces human error and it reduces chair time for the patient.
- In-direct Bond Tray
Surgical Guide Resin
Print Surgical Guides In-house
Use Dental SG to create reliable, biocompatible parts ideal for a dental surgical guide or similar applications. The resin is medically approved and is suitable to be sterilised in an autoclave or by gamma-ray sterilisation.
- Surgical Guides
Check out the consumable range available. Some resins may require a LT resin tank (Form 2) or a V2.1 resin tank (Form 3B), make sure to check the resin product page.
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Start Right with Solid Print3D
These are just a few of the many products and services now offered in digital dentistry and 3D printing technologies as presented by Solid Print3D, a leading brand in this innovative healthcare and tech solutions.
With scalable or completely automated dental 3D printing solutions for orthodontics, prosthodontics, and implantology, 3D systems can help you increase production, fulfil client orders faster and more correctly, and cut your cost per part.
Learn more about how Solid Print3D is leading in this field and the many dental applications now made possible by advances in 3D printing technology. We can even send you a free sample component to test the quality for yourself. Call us now on 01926 333 777 or email us at email@example.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is dental 3D printing?
As an example, 3D dental model printing allows crowns to be created more straightforwardly. With a 3D dental printer and the necessary software, the damaged tooth is scanned, and the software creates a model of the crown needed to cover it. That can then be carved out of the porcelain by a technician using a special resin or CNC technology.
How is 3D printing used in dentistry?
You can use 3D printing in dentistry in several ways. For example, with a dental 3D printing machine, you can repair or replace a broken tooth by scanning the patient’s mouth using a small digital wand to develop a 3D image of a patient’s teeth and gums, which you will see on your computer as a file.
Can you print teeth with a 3D printer?
Yes, you can. In fact, many dentists use a Formlabs dental 3D printer to develop a digital model of a patient’s teeth. They use this model to identify the type of misalignment and the best treatment course, diagnosing, preventing, and treating teeth and jaw irregularities.
What are 3D printed teeth made of?
Dentists have traditionally used composite-resin or porcelain for 3D printed teeth. However, now, they are using new resins and other materials like a ceramic-filled hybrid material, particularly for dental usage developed for, for example, Formlabs 3b dental printers. These can create long-lasting veneers, replacement teeth, crowns, crown inlays and more.
How long do 3D printed crowns last?
You can expect a crown to last for five to fifteen years, depending on wear and tear, placement, your habits and oral hygiene, and what it is made from. If you look after your teeth well and attend regular appointments at your dentist, they can last even longer.
Are dental crowns 3D printed?
Yes, they can be printed using Formlabs dental printer. Dentists use hand tools to characterise, prepare and polish 3D printed crowns to a natural shine, just as they would with any other hybrid crown material. Dentists can attach these long-lasting, wear-resistant, low-porosity crowns with standard self-adhesive cement.
When was 3D printing first used in dentistry?
The first 3D printer, created by Charles Hull, was sold in 1988 for £70,445 after many years of research and experimentation. But it was in the 1990s that 3D printing technology was first used in dentistry for medical reasons like dental implant and custom prosthetic application.
How long does it take to 3D print dentures?
A dentist can make legally compliant, biocompatible 3D printed dentures with monolithic try-ins using a 3D dental printer in only a few hours, reducing the cost and duration of the denture delivery process. These try-in dentures are ideal for checking bite registration and occlusion functionality, improving the accuracy and fit of the end product.
How are 3D dentures made?
The laboratory creates a wax-rim and final model, which are then digitised by a technician by using a desktop 3D scanner. The denture can then be worked on digitally to suit the patient’s requirements. Then, orthodontics 3D printing is used to print either a try-in model or the final denture for fitting by the dentist.
Are 3D printed dentures better?
Yes, according to recent research. A study compared the viability of 3D printed removable partial dentures (RPD) with conventional cast metal RPDs. The research was part of a clinical trial that lasted for a month and concluded that 3D printed dentures were more viable and preferred by the patients in the study.
3D Printing In Dentistry
3D imaging, modelling and printing, and CAD technologies significantly affect all aspects of dentistry. Dentists, along with oral and maxillofacial surgeons, have been quick to embrace the benefits that computer-aided design and prosthodontics 3D printing machines offer.
The benefits include the ability to create restorations or reproductions tailored to each individual’s mouth with extremely high degrees of precision. Related to that are the savings that can come from 3D printing, which is not, as older methods are, subtractive manufacturing (the removal of material to create a model), but rather, additive manufacturing (using on the material needed for the model). 3D printing allows for accurate, complex models to be created in a variety of materials that have ideal properties for dentistry and other related fields.
Factors Driving The Growth Of Digital Dentistry
Digital Imaging and Data Transfer: These improve accuracy and remove the need for re-work, minimising costs and speeding up the treatment process.
Patient Experience: With 3D printing for dentistry, dentists can now make digital moulds, allowing them to show their patients what the treatment will look like, informing their decision to proceed and reducing fear of the unknown. Timescales for dental work are also shortened.
Financing: Small clinics can receive financing to go digital, making contemporary dental practitioners embrace scanning, planning, designing, milling, and 3D printing.
Innovations: Patients can now use an app to take a picture of their teeth and sent it to their dentists.
What Dentists Can Do With 3D Printers
- Oral Surgeries: Dentists can scan a patient’s mouth and make a 3D printed model of it, which they can use to help them carry out oral surgery more effectively.
- Build Prostheses: Dentists can make artificial parts using a 3D printer to replace missing teeth or parts of the face, skull or jawbone.
- Reposition Teeth: Dentists can print transparent aligners for all teeth to help line them up properly
- Root Canal Treatment: Dentists can see the roots from all directions with endodontics 3D printing.
- Repair Gums and Supporting Tissues: Dentist can cut far more accurately with 3D printing.
- Train Dental Students: Students can receive better training with more life-like situations with 3D printing.
Ways 3D Printing Has Revolutionised The Dental Industry
- Improved Dental Product Quality: Dentists can make high-quality and consistent dental products and even the most delicate structures while minimising errors with a 3D printer’s help.
- Faster and More Accurate Dental Services: Digital dentistry involves automation which minimises error and labour, consuming less time and resource. 3D printed models can help improve accuracy.
- Better Patient Experience: Dentists can demonstrate to patients how the treatment will proceed, reducing anxiety levels and increasing their acceptance.
- Cut Costs and Save Money: A top-model periodontal 3D printing machine is cheaper than running or contracting out to a dental laboratory.
- Work In-House: With a 3D printer, dentists have what they need on-site rather than waiting for dental labs to carry out work.
Formlabs Is Making A 3D Printer Just For Dentists
Formlabs has long been at the forefront of the 3D printing industry and in 2019, opened up a branch of their company, Formlabs Dental, dedicated to improving both 3D print technology and materials specifically for the field of dentistry.
Formlabs use stereolithography (SLA) technology in their printers rather than Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM). SLA offers far higher levels of accuracy and resolution when creating models through 3D printing than FDM. Formlabs has also invested in acquiring their main resin supplier to put a focus on designing better, medical-grade materials specifically for the dental industry. Their new dentistry-centric printers, the Formlabs Form 3 dental range, has been optimised to work with their dental resins to print bridges and crowns, clear braces, customised mouth guards, and more.
If you’re interested in finding out how 3D printing can be used or expanded in your dental practice to reap all the benefits mentioned above, speak to Solid Print3D today. We are an authorised and leading UK reseller of Formlabs 3D printer products for all applications, including dentistry.