Why is this 3D printing important in a dental office?
Typically most dental work is snail mailed and hand delivered. Impressions (or moulds of your mouth and teeth) are mailed to dental laboratories, then the dental work is done and mailed back to the office. This can create some problems because large orders from dental laboratories can get mixed up in between patients. There is also the time to mail back and forth and it’s not a very good allocation of patients’ time. We all have busy lives and busy schedules and making yet another dental appointment to get some dental work installed or cemented or delivered can be very time consuming.
So printing these appliances in office cuts down on the number of patient appointments that are needed, and it also respects the patient’s time better. Instead of waiting three weeks to get a bite splint, would it be advantageous to get it the very next day? Maybe on your way to work or the next day on your way home? Respecting our patients’ time is the first advantage to having a 3D printer in the dental office.
The second advantage to incorporating dental 3D printed appliances is patient finances. If i have to send an impression to a dental lab (pay for the shipping) and pay the dental lab for the appliance and the time, labor, and man power to make that appliance, that increases the overhead and the end cost to the patient. It increases our lab fees.