3D-printed crowns and bridges

Mass customization is becoming standard practice in the dental sector

The dental industry is one of the few sectors where additive manufacturing is already established as standard procedure for some applications. For some years, crowns and bridges, for example, have been manufactured on industrial 3D printing systems and are now being produced in very large volumes. As a result, production is not only significantly more efficient, faster, and more flexible, but also offers consistently high quality.

Today, additive manufacturing has also found its way into a growing number of dental practices and other areas of dentistry such as orthodontics and implantology. Examples of applications include 3D-printed drilling templates, bite splints, individual impression trays, and dental models.

The dental industry is highly innovative. Continuous further development of manufacturing technologies and materials offers users and dental laboratories the opportunity to position themselves as innovative service providers. After all, these technical innovations can ultimately reduce treatment time, for example.

The international formnext exhibition, held in Frankfurt am Main from 13 to 16 November 2018, provides an excellent overview of current and future additive manufacturing possibilities. This is where the global additive manufacturing elite showcase their activities. Leading international manufacturers present the latest developments and often also offer solutions specifically for the dental industry. Some manufacturers have developed small and highly accurate 3D printers especially for dental prostheses.