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3d printed dental implant surgical guide

Something to Chew On: Dental’s Dynamic Digital Progress

Spending time in the dentist chair isn’t something most of us enjoy (unless you’re that Bill Murray character from Little Shop of Horrors).  But recent developments in digital dentistry, affecting everything from crowns, bridges and implant restoration to orthodontics, mean big benefits for patients and dental professionals alike.

3d printed dental implant surgical guide
Implant surgical guide produced on a Stratasys Objet Eden260V 3D Printer using Stratasys’ Clear Bio-compatible 3D printing material.

In the next few days, we’ll be giving you a few more reasons to smile as we bring you some of the latest news and stories from the dental industry as it goes digital, including:

  • Sophisticated “intra-oral” scanners replacing messy and uncomfortable impressions
  • Computer Aided Design software used for dental scanning  – now being optimized to work with 3D printing
  • 3D printed models for bridges, crowns and even tooth implants helping dental laboratories work faster, more accurately and cost-effectively.
  • Adoption of “end-use” developments, as new materials allow for temporary dental and orthodontic appliances

So sit back and relax; this won’t hurt a bit!

This post is also available in: Chinese (Simplified) Korean Portuguese (Brazil)

Carrie Wyman

Carrie Wyman

Carrie is a technology and 3D printing enthusiast, with a passion for beautiful design.


    • This is a very good question.
      Although our dental materials were developed for different types of dental solutions; they carry at the moment bio-medical approvals for only 24-hours in the patient’s mouth.
      Hence, technically you can print those – but the medical approval duration is very short.

  • Think this process could also be used to aid accurate placement of a dental implant by making a template that fits over the upper or lower teeth with a hole that could be used as a drill guide to drill a hole that is centered correctly with the proper angle to accept the stud and crown. I got an implant that was improperly spaced and with and angle that required a custom crown to fix the problem. Even then the fix was not good enough to resolve the problem. I feel that scanning and 3D printing is the new industrial revolution.

    • Although these materials are meant for printing of bio-compatible use, and not formally endorsed as intended for casting – there are many customers who find those a good solution for press-casting as well.

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