We use 3D Printing to plan your Dental Implant treatment in advance, which means fewer appointments, maximum surgical precision and a quicker recovery.

Figure 1. 3D software planning for a zygomatic implant. Figure 2. Using the 3D printed model to prepare for surgery.

We have been using this revolutionary technology for more than 15 years, and have had our own printers for many years (for more information visit www.digits2widgets.com).

There has never been a more interesting time to work in dentistry, and recent developments in 3D printing have made the field even more exciting.

Our first use of 3D printing was in 1999 when we treated a patient with a cleft lip and palate, providing them with a fixed implant supported bridge to replace their unsatisfactory removable denture in a situation where there was very little bone available. 3D X-ray or optical scanning is an essential part of our diagnosis and planning; the resulting 3D image data can then be easily brought into computer aided design software to design crowns bridges implants and complex prostheses, and even to make new patient specific instruments.

We use 3D printing to make precise models of our patients’ face, jaws and teeth to plan implant procedures and implant or maxillofacial surgery. 3D printing in metal may be used to fabricate metal crown components and bridge frameworks as well as implants.

These technologies help us to better understand our patients unique anatomy, streamlining treatments, making treatment faster and less invasive, perhaps allowing us to carry out multiple procedures in a single step instead of many. However, artisanal techniques and conventional technologies, and a strong creative and artistic sense remains so important to create beautiful and life-like teeth for our patients, which is ultimately what our patients most appreciate.

3D titanium bar to support prosthesis and prosthesis fitted to milled titanium bar