Benefits of 3D Printing

Dental laboratory technology has changed incredibly over the last decade.  Nowadays it’s seldom you see a technician waxing and casting a crown in our lab, we much more often will be found behind a monitor using CAD/CAM software to design a restoration.

We can take your impression or intraoral scan, import in to 3Shape, exoCAD, or another platform, then design a crown ready for milling, design our Straight28 aligners that rival any of the more popular brands, or use a CT scan to design a surgical guide for implant placement.  Regardless of the restoration we intend to fabricate, we very seldom use stone for our model work as well. We rely on our ability to use one of our many 3D printers to fabricate models used for a restoration and in some cases the final prosthesis.

Dental practices who are taking advantage of the technology we offer such as 3D printing are not only seeing an improvement in revenue but also greater patient satisfaction as well. With this technology, dentists are able to offer an incredibly fast transition from initial consultation to seating the final appliance or restoration.

Before intraoral scanning and 3D printing, dental practices counted on their laboratory to take their impressions and fabricate stone models to help fabricate crowns, bridges, clear aligners and other restorations for their patients. This process was not very efficient and not nearly as precise as 3D printing and intraoral scanning technology. With an intraoral scanner, dentists are able to precisely record the dimensions of the teeth they are working on or they can scan the entire mouth to take a virtual impression creating an accurate model for better fitting appliances or restorations.  The end result is better fitting and longer lasting restorations.

Partnering with Smart Designs

When you choose to partner with Smart Designs Dental Lab, you will be able to offer your patients restorations that are the best fitting and most esthetic, with a fast turnaround time making it a win-win for everyone involved. Because we are a full-service dental lab offering 3D printing and CAD/CAM design, we fabricate all sorts of orthodontic and prosthetic restorations allowing dentists the opportunity to deliver their cases confidently knowing they will fit and look great. You can count on us for all your needs.

Some practices may choose to invest in a 3D printer for their office and while this does have its benefits, they are rather expensive and the technology will become obsolete within a matter of years. Instead, you can partner with Smart Designs and streamline the process while still improving patient care and your bottom-line. If you have any questions about 3D printing or scanning and would like to learn more about Smart Designs Dental Lab, please contact us today. Email [email protected] or call (678) 221-4720.

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