What is 3D Printing?
3D printing is a technology that has been used for years in a variety of different industries. For dentistry, we are able to use 3D printing to improve your treatment and prevent the need for multiple visits. We have a quality 3D printing machine in our office that we use for many of our patients. 3D printing is safe, easy and incredibly detailed when it comes to what it can produce.
How is 3D Printing used in dentistry?
There are several applications for using 3D printing in the dental field. One of the most common is to make a same-day crown or bridge. We take digital impressions of your teeth and then use a 3D printing machine to make the permanent crown in our office while you wait. The printer can even be used to make sets of clear aligners for you, preventing the need for multiple visits. We may even use 3D printing to make surgical models of your teeth before performing the surgery itself.
When might you need 3D Printing?
We will thoroughly examine your teeth to determine if and when you might benefit from 3D printing. For our same-day crown patients, we can make the permanent restorations for you while you wait. If you’re an orthodontic patient in need of clear aligners, we’ll make them for you in the office without the need for a second appointment. 3D printing is one of the best ways to make your dental experience easier and more convenient than ever before.
What can you expect during the process of 3D Printing?
To begin, we will sit you in one of our operatories. We will then take digital impressions of your teeth. These digital photographs of your teeth are used in our 3D printing machine. The machine then creates whatever type of restoration or application that is necessary. You can wait in our office while the machine is in use. 3D printing can be used for patients of all ages, and it’s great for those who are tight on scheduling.
If you are interested in learning more about 3D printing and how it’s used in dental applications, contact our office today and we can help to answer any of your questions.