3D Printing in Dental Implantology.
Dental implantology is a traditional approach offered to fully or partially edentulous
patients. Successful placing of implants needs specialized skill sets and expertise in order to
achieve their viability.
3-D printing along with digital technology have made significant improvements to rate of success and have transformed work process and practices in standards of care in dental implants. Advanced-thinking clinicians and the dental laboratories have harnessed benefits of the digital technology for ensuring best outcomes for the patients as well as providing versatility and savings in time and cost. This paper discusses workflows by which a summarized surgical guide can be obtained.
Dental patients look for various options for maintaining long lasting oral health. Implants offer
a viable solution for repelacing missing teeth with no need to do away with surrounding healthy
dentition. By traditional practice, it required patient undergoing set of preparations on adjacent
healthy teeth for constructing a bridge.
Though this process fulfills the requirement of replacing a tooth, this process has to cut tooth structures of healthy teeth adjacent to missing tooth. Dental implants have removed this requirement and thus are offering a more conservative solution for replacement of missing tooth.
The clinician places an implant into site of missing teeth without causing any damage to the adjacent healthy teeth. Placing of the dental implants requires some special considerations taken prior to the process. It is required to ensure that location, size of implant and angulation should be appropriate and also specific to site; the clinician has to take into consideration of biomechanics of bone density, nerves and sinuses of the patient.
Dent Open J. 2017; 4(1): e1- e3. doi: 10.17140/DOJ-4-e008