3D Printing in Dentistry

3D Printing is one of the leading technological breakthroughs in dentistry. Going digital allows dentists to maintain patient files and print models for treatment at any time to avoid extra appointments. Many procedures can benefit from 3D printing which allows the dentist to save money and that means savings for the patient.

Clear Aligners

3D printing allows us to design and fabricate clear aligners in house instead of sending a case to a larger company. Sometimes a patient’s specific case may still require an outside source, but for many small adjustments to straighten teeth, we can now complete everything in office meaning treatment is more achievable for many patients.

Ask us for a free consult to see if our in house aligners are right for you.

Surgical Guides for Implants

Surgical guides are stints with pre-designed holes that allow us to place an implant at a specific location, depth, and direction. This allows us to place implants in the most optimal place to allow the patient to have a tooth successfully restored. With an intraoral scan, 3D X-ray (cone beam), and some preliminary planning through specialized software, the dentist is able to perform the implant surgery quickly and accurately.

Ask us if implants are right for you!

Night Guards/Occlusal Guards

Night guards or occlusal guards are specially designed mouth pieces that fit over your teeth to wear at night. Many patients can benefit from a nightguard due to night time clenching or grinding. Over time, your natural teeth will begin to wear down and break from the added stress. A nightguard allows you to protect your teeth, while also possibly relieving symptoms such as sore jaw muscles and morning headaches.

With digital intraoral scanning and 3D printing, that means a quick delivery of your device without all the goopy mess of impression materials that so many patients dislike.

Ask us if you might benefit from a custom occlusal guard.

3D Printed Dentures

Many times when someone is first getting dentures, a temporary denture will be made for them to have the same day of the tooth extractions. By printing dentures for this intermediate time while a patient is healing, it allows us to have a product ready very quickly. Since it is a digital file and saved as well, it is relatively easy to replace if something happens to it, such as if your dog eats it, which is much more common than most people think. Ask us how we know! We are able to create an identical product in a very short time if it is damaged.

Along with full dentures, sometimes a patient may want something temporary to fill in where they might be missing a few teeth. We can now design and print “flippers” or temporary partial dentures. And just like the full dentures, if something happens to it, we can print another at a fraction of the cost for the patient.

Ask us if a 3D printed denture might be right for you!

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