A lot has changed since the days your grandfather first went to the dentist. Materials and techniques have vastly improved and the entire patient experience is now built around ease and comfort. Like many other industries, dentistry has gone digital. We use digital scanners instead of impression material in trays and we use 3D printed models instead of plaster ones. This allows us to be extremely accurate in all of our dental work and has made poorly fitting appliances and prosthetics a thing of the past.
3D printing is the catalyst for digital dentistry. It’s known for reliability and high quality. Much has changed since the first desktop 3D printers became available to the dental industry. A few years ago, 3D printers were only affordable to the largest dental labs, now they are a common sight in labs and practices of any size. Dental 3D printers feature a light or laser that polymerize a liquid with the computer-guided precision required to produce small objects with intricate details.