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3D Printing in Dentistry

Three-dimensional printing was once an extremely expensive and complex undertaking. Now, 3D printers are available for home and office use and dentists around the world are finding new and exciting ways to use this technology to improve patient outcomes.

Scholarly Articles

♦ Martorelli, M., Gerbino, S., Giudice, M., & Ausiello, P. (2013). A comparison between customized clear and removable orthodontic appliances manufactured using RP and CNC techniques. Dental Materials, 29(2), e1-e10. doi: 10.1016/ 

Abstract: Aim of the research is to compare the orthodontic appliances fabricated by using rapid prototyping (RP) systems, in particular 3D printers, with those manufactured by using computer numerical control (CNC) milling machines. 3D printing is today a well-accepted technology to fabricate orthodontic aligners by using the thermoforming process, instead the potential of CNC systems in dentistry have not yet been sufficiently explored.

♦ Bae, E., Jeong, I., Kim, W., & Kim, J. (2017). A comparative study of additive and subtractive manufacturing for dental restorations. Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, 118(2), 187-193. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2016.11.004. 

Abstract: Digital systems have recently found widespread application in the fabrication of dental restorations. For the clinical assessment of dental restorations fabricated digitally, it is necessary to evaluate their accuracy. However, studies of the accuracy of inlay restorations fabricated with additive manufacturing are lacking. The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate and compare the accuracy of inlay restorations fabricated by using recently introduced additive manufacturing with the accuracy of subtractive methods.