Why 3D Printing Will Be Big in the Dental Industry

dental xrayOrthodontic technology has changed a lot since the popularity of molds and metal braces. Now, more options are available to patients, among which is the use of 3D printing technology and tools for specific procedures.

Orthodenco.com cites some of the reasons more dentists are opting to advance their practice with this innovation:

Introduction of digital models

One practice in dentistry that has been ongoing for a long time is the use of plaster casts. These are ideal for analysis, models, and even dental records for patients. Despite these uses, plaster casts also have the disadvantages, including storage issues, degradation, and intensive labor requirements.

These can be solved with the use of digital models. According to industry professionals, these digital models have the advantage of digital integration for records, as well as manipulation and analysis from a remote access. This makes it easier for dentists to keep and analyze the record. It’s also more convenient for patients when it comes to treatments.

Better accuracy and process

Dental models may be the most common use for 3D printing orthodontics, but there are so many uses for the technology in today’s dental industry. The onset of this technology has made 3D models the better option for accurate replication of human teeth.

Currently, this technology is being used to create images of more complex figures presented in a more accurate model. At the same time, there is the benefit of recreating models by only using tomography scans and imaging, which saves time and revolutionizes the process.

Fabricate various dentistry tools

More dentists are using this advancement in dental technology because of its advantage in the efficient process and more profitable set-ups. There have been more advancements in terms of new tools being created using 3D printing technology, particularly to increase accommodation of patients.

As for the models, the images and scans can be kept as files instead of the hard-printed models. Printing can be done on an as-needed basis, thereby saving on resources and storage space for the dentist.

3D printing has a bright future in dentistry. There’s a good reason to accommodate the advancement – it makes things easier for dentists and their patients.