Your dentist might be using a 3D printer soon

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Going to dentist is nobody’s favorite time spending but it might get a little bit more convenient in the nearby future thanks to 3D printing technology. A new method is being used by a handful of dentists to scan your teeth and create a crown for you while you wait. The traditional process of creating a crown normally takes two weeks, now it can take only one hour.

Instead of making a mold and sending it to a lab for scanning, dentists can now use the Sirona system which uses a small camera to teeth. The digitized scan is then sent to a 3D printing machine that carves the crown directly out of porcelain. This process takes an hour and after about 15 minutes later the crown is ready to be implanted.

Sirona’s system includes both a tooth scanner and a milling machine so that dental offices have everything they need to make crowns while the patient waits. The entire system costs about $100.000.

There are a few downsides to the system because the tooth can not be broken off beneath the gumline or else the system can not make a 3D scan. Also the tooth will not yet resemble the look of your own teeth but the system proves that 3D printing technology is making its way into several industries rapidly.

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