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3D Printing in Dentistry: why are 3D technologies revolutionizing the industry? from Leonor Fernandes Santos's blog

Additive manufacturing has already affected a significant number of sectors and industries, offering significant advantages in terms of productivity, costs, customization, and lead times. For all the above, 3D printing has begun to grow in dentistry for some time, since it facilitates the adaptation of solutions to each patient.

According to the experts, 3D printing in dentistry sector is expected to reach $ 930 million by the end of 2025. In fact, printing in dentistry encompasses several processes, such as stereolithography or direct sintering of metal. And therefore, a variety of materials such as resins, plastics, metals, etc. offering a wide range of applications.

3D printing in dentistry:

The dental sector can be divided into two families: dental offices and dental prosthesis laboratories. Traditionally, they work together in the production of personalized medical devices (aligners, crowns, bridges, etc.). 

In fact, the dentist makes an impression of his patient's teeth and then sends it to the laboratory, which will then make the device, usually from plaster. 

A process that takes a few days, not counting the round trips between the dentist and the laboratory. As for the patient, he is obliged to have another appointment, without guaranteeing that his device has been adapted from the first test. 

Therefore, traditional processes are long, expensive, and can lack precision. However, the arrival of 3D technologies is ending this work methodology and has accelerated the processes.

What future holds for 3D printing in dentistry?

While 3D printing resin technologies have significant benefits for the industry, the fact is that their adoption may scare some professionals. Because it requires new organization and works logic, software, scanner and printer training, and some trust. 

Today, many laboratories are equipped with 3D scanners and machining machines, even 3D printers. These players posted a 70% increase in sales, proof that they represent real profits for dental professionals. 

Most professionals are very receptive and open to new digital technologies. It's about asking doctors and dental professionals to understand and trust new digital technology and its benefits for them, their businesses, and their patients. 

And of course, education and training play an important role. That is why many manufacturing companies are investing in this area to better understand the technology and its clinical applications.

The future is therefore bright for the 3D printing industry in dentistry with many enthusiasts seeing technology as a good way to improve their efficiency and the safety of their interventions.

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