Affordable In-House 3D Printed Surgical Guides

Oct. 10, 2017 in News

Desktop 3D printers are a catalyst for digital dentistry, with simple workflows that increase the return on investment of digital scanners and software. Watch our webinar to learn with Daniel Whitley, DDS, and Sompop Bencharit, DDS, Ph.D., FACP, as they walk through the digital workflow for in-house 3D printing, several clinical cases, and the impact the technology is making in their dental practices.

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Why Use Guided Surgery?

Oral surgeries without proper planning and tools can result in poor clinical outcomes, such as malposed implants or deep implant placement, or even severe complications like hemorrhage, neurosensory disturbance, or mandibular fracture.

CBCT, virtual placement planning, and surgical guides have become the standard of dental care to increase the accuracy of implant placements, decrease risks, and improve clinical results. Yet, only a limited number of clinicians use guided surgery due to the high cost of most surgical guide fabrication systems. Milled or lab-fabricated surgical guides can cost anywhere between $250 and $1,000 depending on the complexity of the case.

3Shape’s TRIOS intraoral scanner and Implant Studio dental CAD software and the Form 2 stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer make cost-effective in-office surgical guides a reality.
3Shape’s TRIOS intraoral scanner and Implant Studio dental CAD software and the Form 2 stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer make cost-effective in-office surgical guides a reality.

Professional stereolithography (SLA) printers like Formlabs’ Form 2 replace these slow, expensive processes by offering high precision, reliability, and streamlined user experience at an affordable price for dental practices. At $2–5 per guide, the Form 2 guarantees improved patient experience and fast return on investment. Practitioners worldwide have successfully completed more than 50,000 guided oral surgeries using guides printed on the Form 2 with Dental SG, an autoclavable, Class 1 biocompatible resin.

Read our white paper to learn how we verified the performance and accuracy of Dental SG, now trusted by clinicians for thousands of implant surgeries.

Dr. Whitley Explains Simplified Digital Dentistry Workflows

Daniel Whitley, DDS, is a general dentist who runs a private practice in Jacksonville, NC. In the first part of the webinar, Dr. Whitley walks through industry trends with recent innovations in intraoral scanning and 3D printing, common applications of 3D printers in the dental office, and the complete digital workflow, from scanning to design to printing, using 3Shape TRIOS, Implant Studio and the Form 2.

Learn from Dr. Whitley:

  • How to use surgical guides to improve clinical outcomes in dental implant surgeries with detailed presurgical planning and precise placement of implant bodies.
  • How to apply imaging technologies, software, and 3D printing to design and fabricate a surgical guide.
From left to right: surgical guide straight out of the printer, post-cured, polished, assembled, and sterilized.
From left to right: surgical guide straight out of the printer, post-cured, polished, assembled, and sterilized.

Learn from Clinical Cases with Dr. Bencharit

How precise is guided surgery? In the second part of the webinar, Sompop Bencharit, DDS, MS, Ph.D., FACP, the director of digital dentistry at VCU School of Dentistry, demonstrates two clinical cases and a clinical study conducted at VCU to analyze the accuracy of guided surgeries.

Watch Dr. Bencharit present:

  • A complex case of oral and maxillofacial surgery with dual scans and dual surgical guides that simplified a surgery that would normally take a couple of hours to 30 minutes.
  • A walkthrough of a single tooth implant with guided surgery from designing in 3Shape Implant Studio to creating a diagnostic wax-up and conducting the surgery.
  • The summary of a clinical study of more than 20 guided surgeries that compare pre- and postoperative CBCT scans to precisely measure clinical accuracy.

Learn More about 3D Printing in Dentistry

Watch the webinar recording to learn more about 3D printed surgical guides, or explore more information on 3D printing in dentistry.

Formlabs’ library of standard and biocompatible resins are developed for specific dental applications, and specially tuned to meet the performance, precision, and accuracy needs of each function. Request a complimentary sample part and see for yourself.


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