Some interesting news in the world of dental implants and tooth technology – you can now print your own teeth.
Rather than waiting several weeks for your dentist to come up with a replica or cast for dental implants or crowns, your jaw was scanned and at the same time you were supplied with perfect polymer shape from a 3D printer and you were done. Does that sound good?
Well this is reality in the most unlikely of places: Iran.
“Mechanical engineers in Iran report in the International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing that printing our own teeth may not be so far off into the future.
While the process could be prohibitively expensive for years to come, it turns out that 3D printing, coupled with the comparatively affordable cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), may ultimately revolutionize prosthetic dentistry.
The tech, called rapid prototyping, uses a 3D image to control a laser that cures powdered or liquid polymer into highly complex shapes. In fact, Hossein Kheirollahi of the Imam Hossein University and Farid Abbaszadeh of the Islamic Azad University say this technology can produce just about any solid, porous, or complicated shape.
While the Iranian team has been able to demonstrate the use of rapid prototyping in developing dental objects quickly, we’re likely at least a few years out from actual commercial development.”
And in our view it is not going to be any cheaper in the early stages of commercial availability, though it will be faster. So your dental implants costs will still be significant.