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3D printing materials are now offering CE certification to 3D print custom implant surgical guides for precise placement of dental implants.
With the combined use of intraoral scanners, x-ray data and advanced modelling software (eg 3shape’s Implant studio), dental experts can now 3D print high-precision unique surgical guides for orthodontic surgeons that can be reliably used to align the drill.
Generally speaking, and this is valid for all the applications, the Return over the investment (ROI) of moving to digital dentistry can be summarized in
Production throughput and costs forecasts are important indexes to be evaluated when it comes to choose the right machine.
|Production time on a ProMaker L5000 D 3D Printer|
|Number of models||56|
|Material used||PLASTCure Clear 200|
|Total time @100μm LT (hours)||5h 20min|
|Time per part (@100µm)||5min 45sec|
|Average cost per model||2.60 €|
The standard workflows to get to a master model with the digital dentistry approach are two:
Get the scan of the patient mouth using an Intraoral 3D scanner like 3Shape Trios scanner *
+ Get X-ray data of the patient mouth
Using specific software, it is possible to digitally align the x-ray and the 3D scanner geometrical data
Having both surface and internal structure information, is now possible to design the surgical guide for the patient
Sending the intraoral scanner data to the machine, the technician can print the 3D model of the patient mouth
Changing the material to PLASTCure Clear 200, the technician can 3D print the surgical guide
The dentist can now test the surgical guide on the patient’s mouth model, before performing the real surgical operation, minimizing the possibility of error and assuring the maximum comfort for the patient
Prodways ProMaker LD and L series’ machine profiles and workspaces are available on all the most advanced software for dental application on the market.
Prodways developed an ultra-clear material with high transparency that, together with the dental series MOVINGLight® printers, allow superior build speeds.
For dental drill guides the material is classified and certified as a medical device class I, following the European regulation 93/42/EWG.