News and Projections for Dental 3D Printing

Medical Advancements, specifically where 3D Printing is concerned, has shown tremendous promise in the past few years. Within the dental industry, the use of Desktop 3D Printers has made it possible for local businesses to run more efficiently and to cater more to their clientele’s needs. As the advancements of 3D Printing and modeling progress we must ask ourselves what we can expect in 2019. Here are a few of the things that are new and progressing for Dental 3D Printing.

A Substantial Market Value

Global news released information in March stating that the Dental 3D Printing Market will be valued at $3,427.1 mn by 2025. This increase is, in part, due to the boom within the domestic sector of 3D Printing. While the businesses may use the printers for commercial purposes, in many instances, the dental office can get by with using a Desktop 3D Printer. The downside to this market increase is, of course, the predicted increase in a decline in oral hygiene. Since most of the Dental 3D Printing is based on restorations and repair by orthodontists and dental practices, an increase in the market value would imply an increase in the population having a higher number of dental disorders.

The plus for the market is that it does not specifically say that the market is a cause of negligence in dental care. Quite to the contrary, 3D Dental Printing can address issues which in years previous would be highly costly and avoided by most patients. According to another report by openpr, USA and Europe are still leading in Dental 3D Printing companies, though Asia and other countries are quickly closing the gap.

Here is just one example of tools used in 3D Dental Printing. The Fixer 3D is offered by a company called 3D Dental Store.

Scan and Ship 3D Printing may not be far off

One of the top fears of people is going to the dentist. That may all be about to change. Top grade company, ProMaker, is already known for their dental products and 3D Printers. The company is currently working hard to transform the industry further by allowing to automate the entire process for invisible aligners. This would mean that the person could, in theory, make a cast of his or her teeth or take a 3D scan of his or her mouth and submit that information directly to the new printer. The ProMaker would then take the information and print the needed alignment cast, packaging, and then automatically ship the supplies to the client. This would take out the dentist visit altogether. Dentists should not fear an AI overtaking of their profession. According to PR sources for ProMaker, the machine would only be able to continuously produce product for 8 continuous hours automatically.

Where the automation for alignment dental casts plays a huge role in the New Dental 3D Printing and procedures is in a coupling between the office and the outpatient treatments. Dental practices can still perform cleaning, diagnosis, and some of the necessary hands-on ortho work. However, for maintenance and for alignment dental needs, the business can use 3D Printing to maximise the number of patients, all without the need for in-house visits.

This video explains the use of the ProMaster for Dental practices.

Other news in Dental 3D Printing

As more and more companies are making 3D Printing affordable, and as the materials and the cost to produce substantial medical alternatives to traditional implants and replicas have leaned more to the 3D Printing process, medical institutions are starting to utilise this technology more regularly. One such institution, ITRI, has cooperated a diagnosis platform for 3D Printing of medical implants at the hospital. This is one of the first hospitals to openly embrace and implement Commercial 3D Printing into public medical on-site care. Yet, ITRI is not the only hospital to embrace 3D Printing, other hospitals include Boston Children’s Hospital, Phonix Children’s Hospital, and the University of Michigan.

What to expect moving forward

3D printed teeth shown in this cast from Katana.

Medical advancements will cater to customised protective devices for dental care as well as customised medical implants. One area within the 3D Printing world which should be interesting to see develop in in the Biomaterial and Organ Structure printing. It may not be too far outside of the imagination to believe that the nerves of the tooth and intricate features of the mouth can and will be able to be replicated and/or repaired with 3D Dental Printing in the future. Currently, dental science and prototyping have allowed for a mimicked variation of bone. How great would it be if biomaterials could be used in Dental practices, especially in children’s dental where the mouth and teeth are still developing, could use actual cells to form bone marrow that would develop as the individual developed? Again, it may not be too far into the future. As Dr. Justin Ryan, a biomedical engineer and Researcher at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and 3D Print Lab states “One of the more immediate emerging trends is the use of 3D Printing directly in hospitals…a doctor can look and practice on a customized 3D printed model prior to surgery….with traditional printing, you can get good integration on the surface but not throughout.” Regardless of how much it will progress, we can be sure that 3D Dental Printing will leave us with our mouths open in awe.

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