Dentistry CPD: new this week – dental model production with 3D printing



Dentistry CPD: new this week – dental model production with 3D printing 1

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Dental model production with 3D printing

Practising clinical dentistry requires the extensive use of accurate replicas of patients’ oral dentition and tissues. Digital methods of fabricating these models, such as 3D printing, have become prevalent as a solution to many of the problems associated with traditional production methods.

Until recently, high-accuracy 3D printing has been synonymous with large-format, high-cost machines. However, with the advent of advanced desktop 3D printing technology, clinicians are adopting additive manufacturing as a cost-efficient, scalable tool for introducing and expanding digital model fabrication workflows.

I worked closely with Formlabs to establish clinically relevant benchmarks in order to perform an accuracy study using its Dental Model Resin on the Form 2 desktop stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer.

The results of the study demonstrate that Formlabs Dental Model Resin is able to produce high-accuracy removable die models with the precision and consistency required for successful clinical procedures. Additionally, we fabricated models on the Form 2 with Dental Model Resin in a case study to test the fit of a mandibular ceramic crown, which was successfully fitted on a patient.

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Dentolegal implications in primary care oral surgery

Oral surgery, as with most aspects of dentistry, is a skill which is learnt and developed throughout a dentist’s career. The majority of clinicians will probably agree that it isn’t until they become a qualified practitioner working in primary care that they become more proficient and confident at performing the level of surgery required of a general dental practitioner.

This article will consider some of the more common and current risk management issues surrounding oral surgery, as well as some of the issues that trigger complaints.

Often the concern of a complaint in oral surgery is not simply relating to the technical issues or competence of the practitioner. It often revolves around the management of the patient, their anxiety and their expectations. Communication is a key factor behind avoiding complaints and also forms part of the consent process and subsequent record-keeping.

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