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Current and Emerging Applications of 3D Printing in Restorative Dentistry

Authors
  • Anadioti, Evanthia1
  • Kane, Brittany1
  • Soulas, Elizabeth1, 2
  • 1 University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, 240 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104-6030, USA , Philadelphia (United States)
  • 2 University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, Philadelphia, PA, USA , Philadelphia (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current Oral Health Reports
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Apr 30, 2018
Volume
5
Issue
2
Pages
133–139
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s40496-018-0181-3
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Purpose of Review3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is an emerging technology in the dental field. As it continues to advance beyond diagnostic purposes, it shifts towards the fabrication of permanent prostheses utilizing existing and novel biomaterials. A review and comparison of the current research on materials, techniques, and applications of 3D printing available for restorative use was conducted.Recent FindingsCurrently, 3D printing used across the field of restorative dentistry, includes laboratory models and casting patterns, interim full and partial coverage restorations, surgical guides, occlusal splints, maxillofacial prosthetics, removable prostheses, and implants. Resins are most often used while ceramic and hybrid materials are currently under investigation and development.SummaryWhile the current research available highlights 3D printing’s potential in the dental field, more research is needed on the existing and developing materials and printers, thus allowing for an exponential increase of this technology’s applications in restorative dentistry.

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