A recent article published by medGadget discusses the numerous applications of 3D printer technology to the dental industry. This technology can be used to produce:
- Physical models for prosthodontics
- Customized dentures
- Fabrications of copings
- Dental craniomaxillofacial
- Frameworks for dental restorations and implants
- Drill guides for dental implants
According to the article, the dental industry is on the cusp of going completely digital. 3D printing technology makes it not only possible, but simple and convenient, to print shapes that are both complicated and unique on demand, in a variety of materials, and in substantial volumes. Because of the complexity of dental surgical procedures, dentist often prefer to use reference models when explaining processes to their patients—desktop 3D printers make acquiring these models simple.
While the global dental 3D printer market is currently most-concentrated in the United States, the European and Asian-Pacific segments are rapidly growing, and it is anticipated that they will continue to do so as the technology catches on.
For more details, see the article in full at medGadget.