Growth of 3D Printing in Dentistry
Already worth $780 million in the dental market, 3D printing could become a $3.1 billion industry in this sector by 2020, according predictions. The prevalence of 3D printing in other markets is expected to grow as well, but better 3D printers and materials are already being manufactured specifically for dentists. It is also predicted the sale of 3D printing systems to dental labs will double from $240 million today to $480 million by 2020. 3D printing technology is also expected to provide more than 60 percent of all dental production needs by 2025, and perhaps even more in certain areas such as dental modeling.
Capabilities of 3D Printing in Dentistry
How exactly do dentists use 3D printing technology? Here are a few applications:
Replace or repair a damaged tooth : The dentist scans the patient’s mouth with a small digital wand. This creates a 3D image of the teeth and gums, which is saved as a computer file. Computer Aided Design (CAD) software enables the dentist to digitally design the tooth repair and print the finished product on a 3D printer.
Create an orthodontic model : Pre-3D printer technology includes having the patient bite down on gooey, uncomfortable clay so it could harden into a mold, which becomes the initial model for designing a treatment for braces or Invisalign. This is not so with 3D printing. A dentist can use the same technology highlighted in the first example to scan the teeth, design an orthodontic appliance and print the end result in-house.
Produce crowns, bridges, caps, dentures and more : The same process outlined above can be used to 3D print all kinds of dental implants. The only difference is the precise material used in the printing process.
Construct surgical tools : Not only can 3D printers handle the dental implants themselves, but they can also 3D print the drill guides needed to complete certain dental procedures.
Benefits of 3D Printing in Dentistry
Dentistry has relied on laboratories to produce crowns, bridges and other implants for many years. Why change to 3D printing technology now? In short, because everyone wins:
Dentists save money : Adding on a dental laboratory is a significant cost for any dental practice. If implemented in-house, the initial cost alone could be $100,000. Then, employing skilled staff to produce dental implants presents a considerable ongoing investment. In all, depending on the volume of work, the cost of running a dental laboratory can reach $100,000 per year. Compare this to the one-time cost of about $20,000 for a top-model 3D printer, which includes a starting supply of materials. Ongoing materials factor into the lifetime cost, but it’s far, far lower than running a dental lab.
Patients save money : The high costs of adding and running a dental laboratory is reflected in each patient’s bill. Using traditional technologies, a single crown can easily cost a patient $2,000 or more. When 3D printers lower overhead costs by 80 percent, dentists can pass the savings on to their patients.
Dental and orthopedic services are faster and more accurate : Manual model-making is time consuming while 3D printing allows for multiple appliances to be printed at once. Accuracy is also improved since 3D printers convert digital images into physical objects by printing 16-micron-thick layers one on top of the other. Increased production capacity and more accurate end results benefit both dentists and patients.
The vision for the future with advanced technology and science for easy and better treatments outcome motivating the clinicians to look-forward to practical the cutting edge tactics in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The results will be providing the patients with first-class medical services with reduction of the treatment morbidity. Now, as a result of the advanced computer technology, the researches extend beyond the scope of planning and moving toward the surgical procedures itself.
Preoperative treatment planning plays a vital role in the success rate of the surgical procedures. Preoperative planning requires the collection of huge data for a precise diagnosis and devises a treatment plan which is then relevant in the operating room. A detailed history and clinical examination are vital in establishing diagnosis; nevertheless, the value of radiographic imaging cannot be neglected. The keystone in the preoperative treatment planning is the radiographic evaluation. Advanced imaging not only plays an important role in oral and maxillofacial surgery diagnosis and treatment planning but also its affect the treatment outcome.
The term “3D Printing” is being used to refer to all Solid free form fabrication (SFF) technologies (e.g. fused deposition modeling, selective laser sintering, etc.). Stereolithographic bio-modeling is a modern technology that transforms three-dimensional CT data into solid plastic replicas of anatomic structures (bio-models)
3D printing is a manufacturing method in which objects are made by fusing or depositing materials such as plastic, metal, ceramics, powders, liquids, or even living cells in layers to produce a 3D object. This process is also referred to as additive manufacturing (AM), rapid prototyping (RP), or solid freeform technology (SFF)
Medical applications for 3D printing are expanding rapidly day after day and start to be included in different branches of medicine.
Medical uses for 3D printing, including: tissue and organ fabrication; creation of customized prosthetics implants, and anatomical models; and pharmaceutical research regarding drug dosage forms, delivery, and discovery. The application of 3D printing in medicine can provide many benefits, including: the customization and personalization of medical products, drugs, and equipment; cost-effectiveness; increased productivity; the democratization of design and manufacturing; and enhanced collaboration.
The highest benefit that 3D printers offer in medical applications is the freedom to produce custom-made medical products and equipment. For example, the use of 3D printing to customize prosthetics and implants can provide great value for both patients and physicians and can associated with more precise results and less complications. In addition, Custom-made implants, fixtures, and surgical tools can have a positive impact in terms of the time required for surgery, patient recovery time, and the success of the surgery or implant.
3D printing has been applied in medicine since the early 2000s, when the technology was first used to make dental implants and custom prosthetics.
Since then, the medical applications for 3D printing have evolved considerably. Recently published reviews describe the use of 3D printing to produce bones, ears, exoskeletons, windpipes, a jaw bone, eyeglasses, cell cultures, stems, blood vessels, vascular networks, tissues, and organs, as well as novel dosage forms and drug delivery devices. The current medical uses of 3D printing can be organized into several broad categories: tissue and organ fabrication; creating prosthetics, implants, and anatomical models; and pharmaceutical research concerning drug discovery, delivery, and dosage forms.
3D GRAPHY is a platform to create an ecosystem for students and professionals to be trained, educated and use the medical services for their patients. 3D GRAPHY LAB is instituted for the medical services in medical institutes and private centre as a Franchise in the country for digital medical solutions.
3D Printing in Dental
3D printing has a variety of uses and is becoming an integral part of dentistry, oral surgery and dental lab workflows. 3D printing in dentistry is the natural progression from computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology which has been used for years by dental labs to create crowns, veneers, bridges and implants. Now, 3D printing is taking its place with 3D printing solutions for dental, orthodontic, and maxillofacial applications. Several 3D printer manufacturers, offer specialized materials and printers as part of their dental 3D printing solutions. Anyone can create 3D printed dental models and 3D GRAPHY is a platform where all the latest technologies are proposed for a formal introduction ensuring the best results is achieved by the doctors for their end user.
Services in dental includes:
Guides & Fixtures
Services in Maxillofacial & Craniofacial includes:
Pre-operative prototypes for planning the surgery
Guides & Fixtures for surgery
Services in Orthopedics includes :
Pre-operative prototypes for planning the surgery
Guides & Fixtures for surgery
Services in Plastic Surgery includes :
Prosthetics - Nose, Ears and parts of the body can be 3D printed and implanted with Silicon material. Pre-operative prototypes for planning the surgery
Services for Pharma industry :
Pharma – Drug testing - 3D Bio-printed tissues can be used for testing drug and avoid the animal test or human testing procedures.
Pediatric Customized Kids Capsules - Customised Drug can be made with innovative capsule printed for kids with caricature
Adult Multiple in One Capsules - Different dose of drug can be formulated and prepared in one customized capsule for convenience. The process will ensure old and young both to be sure of get the dose in one measure which will avoid any medicine missing.
Medical Devices – Prototypes :
Medical Device companies can use the 3D printer and its services for printing prototypes. It will help them to measure the requirements much faster by printing as many samples as they wish to for analysis before the making a final mold. The process will be very appropriate for the process of product development before mass production.
Prototypes of heart and intricate body parts can be printed to make proper diagnosis
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