3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a form of fabrication in which a digital file or image is created three-dimensionally. Layers and layers of materials are systematically cured on top of one another until the digital image is fully realized, making for an extremely accurate prosthesis directly from the file.
An example of a 3D-printed immediate prosthesis is the Simply Natural™ 3D-Printed Immediate Denture, which is fabricated by 3D-printing the denture base and teeth separately before bonding them together, ensuring an accurately fitting set of provisional teeth that’s right for the patient’s mouth. Requiring only a preliminary, pre-extraction impression prior to fabrication, they are an affordable, two-appointment solution for patients who want a quick provisional and for clinicians who want to ensure their patients’ extraction sites heal correctly.
Since all impressions are scanned and assimilated into a digital design software from the lab, the prostheses are subject to complete customization, accurately matching any requests or desires from the clinician. This gives the clinician the benefit of seeing what designs work and what could use adjustments before final delivery.