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6/27/2014

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Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané   7/8/2014 5:01:35 AM
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Ariella, 

Yes, that's what it takes. The healing process can't be rushed. The whole process has several steps and waiting times. 

-Susan

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Jacob   7/7/2014 1:12:31 AM
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"3D printed crowns already exist at least in Germany, and are already being used in patients mouths. Read my comment below. "

Susan, thanks for this updation.

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Jacob   7/7/2014 1:08:04 AM
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"it sounds to me like the concept of actually 3D printing what goes into the mouth is something not yet in practice. I think that in the current state, the choice of materials for caps and crowns works better with milling."

Ariella, thanks for the clarification and hopes its get popularized very soon.

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Ariella   7/6/2014 5:45:56 PM
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@Susan I see. An implant invovles a lengthier process than a crown. I was warned it could take as long as a year from start to finish. 

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Susan Fourtané   7/6/2014 6:04:05 AM
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Ariella, 

In this case it was not waiting for the lab but waiting for the bone to heal, which takes months, before the dental implant can take place. A temporary crown, created by my dentist on the spot, was needed for esthetical reasons before the whole process could be completed. 

-Susan

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Ariella   7/5/2014 10:14:39 PM
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@Susan there could well be differences in different countries -- even within the same country, as each dentist selects what s/he prefers. I'm surprised that you would have a temporary, though, as one of the primary advantages of using the 3D imaging technology in conjunciton with the machines that mill or print on the spot is that you don't have to wear a temporary while waiting for a lab to complete the work. I read an article in a dental journal that also emphasized that benfit. 

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t.alex   7/5/2014 8:04:52 PM
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Wow, amazing! This is the first time I heard about 3D-printed crown.

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Susan Fourtané   7/5/2014 6:34:48 AM
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Jacob, 

3D printed crowns already exist at least in Germany, and are already being used in patients mouths. Read my comment below. 

-Susan

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Susan Fourtané   7/5/2014 6:28:30 AM
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Ariella, 

Thanks for the link. When I mentioned 3D printed crowns I was neither supposing nor assuming about their implementation in dentistry. I was stating it as a fact. 3D printing that goes into the mouth is laready in practice. :)

I met the director of the German lab that I mentioned earlier. This was a few years ago. They were already using 3D printing for implants and crowns that actually go into the mouth, not just models, but the final product. 

The 3D scanning with milled crowns is not the same as the 3D printed crowns these guys have already been doing and that are already in the mouth of real patients. 

I met him at my dentist's office and were discussing briefly about this and what they do. He also leads an implantology school. My next crown replacing a temporary one I have may be 3D printed, which I find super exciting. :D

-Susan  

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Ariella   7/4/2014 11:36:47 AM
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@Jacob it sounds to me like the concept of actually 3D printing what goes into the mouth is something not yet in practice. I think that in the current state, the choice of materials for caps and crowns works better with milling. 

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