Yay! Councill Dental is happy to announce the arrival of our very own FormLabs Form2 3D Printer.
We are so excited!
Digital dentistry is the way of the future for the dental industry. This technology provides reliability, high quality, and cost savings for the patient. Councill Dental is happy to offer this cutting-edge technology that is another step forward in digital dentistry.
What is 3D Printing?
3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing, whereby materials can be joined together, layer upon layer until a 3D replica has been built. The technology of 3D printing allows a dentist to create customized dental components and devices when used in combination with intra-oral scanning and CAD/CAM design software. 3D printing is currently being used to fabricate:
- Dental models
- Prototypes for large reconstructive cases
- Surgical guides for dental implant placement
- Metal alloy frameworks for partial dentures
- Orthodontic appliances
3D Printing at Councill Dental
We use the FormLabs Form2 3D printer to create high-resolution dental models and prototypes. After obtaining detailed images from our 3Shape Trios® intra-oral scanner, we use specialized software to design the desired model or mock-up. This design is sent to the printer that has been loaded with an FDA-approved tank of resin, and within a few hours, the fabrication is complete.
Because the 3D printer is able to convert digital images into physical objects, the results are more accurate than if the object were completed manually. The patient is able to receive implants much faster as the printer eliminates the need to wait weeks for an offsite lab to complete the job.
Benefits of 3D Printing in Dentistry
Some of the benefits of 3D printing include:
- 3D printing lowers the costs of producing a variety of dental products and improves turnaround time.
- Conventional manufacturing techniques in dentistry often involve milling an object from a block, where most of the material is wasted. 3D printing only uses what is needed.
- Because 3D printers are generally connected with intra-oral scanning, the entire process lends itself to a better patient experience. No biting down on the sticky impression goop!
Contact Councill Dental today to see how our 3D printing or any of our other implant, cosmetic, and complex reconstructive dentistry services can help you. You can call us or reach us online to schedule an appointment for yourself or a family member.