Dental 3D printing: digitized dentists and orthodontists
October 10, 2016 in Case study
The Lucchese-Mancin associated Studio (Alident Group) chooses 3D scanning and 3D printing
The dental industry is one of the sector that is taking the most advantages from the SLA (stereolithography) technology.
In Emilia Romagna (Italy), the Lucchese-Mancin associated studio, from Alident Group, recently bought a SLA 3D printer to create high-precision parts.
Nowadays, digitized dentists have a new way of making dentistry, exploiting digital equipment such as intra-oral scanners that captures the imprint of the oral cavity without using any invasive materials and 3D printing. Dentists who welcomed the use of these new technologies are just a 3% in Italy. One of these is Dr. Mancin, implantologist surgeon who uses 3D scanning techniques and processing models trough CAD/CAM softwares.
The Lucchese-Mancin associated studio uses the 3D printer on a daily basis and for many different purposes.
3D printing replaced the traditional manufacturing process of prosthetic parts, plastic models and surgical dimes.
These parts, indeed, are now created using the Additive Manufacturing techniques, so it is possible to get several pieces in less time and less material waste, especially if we compare it to the classic processing method through milling.
– A 3D printed sample part
The role of 3D printing in the dental practice
Dr. Carlotta Lucchese, Dr. Mancin’s wife and colleague, specializes in orthodontics. Her use of the 3D printer is primarily concerned with the production of plastic models that help to communicate with the patient, explaining much more clearly the issues and actions to be taken. In addition to this, she uses the 3D printer in order to make orthodontic appliances.
In dental implantology, the file obtained with a 3D scanner is used to compute the optimal inclination of the pin to be implanted. The surgical guide will be then accordingly modeled using a CAD CAM software and printed in biocompatible resin.
A dental surgery that features an intraoral scanner can create tailored models starting from the file obtained and then 3D print directly in-house.
The goal that the Lucchese-Mancin Associated aims to is to produce through 3D printing three-dimensional reconstructions of the skeletal part of the patient (ACT based) in order to study, perform surgeries, all in safe way.
“I spent years in deepening my skills and competencies. I strongly believe in learning all I can about the topic of dentistry, and transferring this knowledge to my patients.”
-Dr. Alessandro Mancin
A new Sirona Point in collaboration with HiSii
Dr. Mancin works as a trainer with Sirona, a leading company in the production of equipment for dental clinics. On the 14th and 15th of October, in Bologna, will be opened a Sirona Point operated by HiSii Ltd. This will be a point of sale, training and support for dental clinics and laboratories with a focus on providing quality tools that an experienced company like Dentsply Sirona can offer.
A particular attention will be given to the digital workflow comprising the diagnostic part, such as 2D and 3D X-ray, and the CAD/CAM modelling one, integrating them together.
Sirona, in collaboration with HiSii Srl, will develop commercial and educational actions providing all the skills and qualities that only a global brand like Dentsply, leader in consumables and implant systems, can offer.
The 3DZ consultancy
To purchase the 3D printer, the Lucchese-Mancin Associated turned to 3DZ. The company was assisted by Simone Azzellini, who says:
“Since our first meeting, Dr. Mancin has shown a strong interest in the additive technology, until now prerogative of specialised laboratories.
Together, we have undertaken a careful evaluation of the benefits that he would achieve by including, in his digital workflow in Italy, our 3D printing solutions. The benefits of this technology offers him the possibility to create highly accurate models and drilling templates in a short time, all using only Bio-Compatible materials. All this in order to ensure to the patient the maximum quality and expertise. I must thank the Dr. Mancin for showing me that, once again, the technology must be seen as an ally in everyday life. 3D printing optimizes work, production times and increases profitability by generating new profits to be reinvested in the company.”