3D printers are quickly emerging in the dental field but are not new to the dental lab industry. For some dental teams, including those in academia, these technologies are already part of their practice workflows and could become the industry standard.
Many of the existing product technologies have evolved and have solely focused their 3D printers on providing dental products, meeting many, if not all, of the sought-after capabilities for dental providers, their teams, and their patients.
The decision to expand your technology can be intimidating. Many vendors exist and influencers are available to steer you in a certain direction. The most important question if you, your team and your patients are ready to embrace the benefits of 3D printing is: What am I trying to accomplish?
According to the ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel survey “Prevalence and applications of 3- dimensional printers in dental practice” dentists report the most common uses for 3D printers were to complement or enhance other digital technologies (63%), control workflows (50%), improve efficiency (50%), use existing digital skills or procedures (48%), and reduce cost or manufacturing time (43%).
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