Step-By-Step Digital 3D Workflow

June 17, 2020

Over the years, Digital Dentistry has become a normal process in oral health care and treatment. Technological innovations, such as 3D scanners and printers, are now considered essential in clinics nationwide.

With all these wonders proliferating the dental field, now would be the best time for practitioners who have yet to switch to digital dentistry, to familiarize themselves with the process.

What Is Digital Dentistry?

Digital Dentistry refers to any dental technology or device which uses digital or computer-based components to replace traditional mechanical or electrical methods.

New tools, such as lasers for surgical procedures and the removal of decay, allow for safer techniques in tooth and oral tissue removal. Meanwhile, improvements in other digital devices like those of cone-beam computed tomography machines, and 3D technology have made it possible for dental offices to afford systems that provide patients with computer-aided implants.

The Dental Workflow Process Using 3D technology

To gain a better understanding of digital dentistry, below is a brief step by step guide of a dental workflow using 3D technology.

Step 1: Intraoral scanning
The process begins with capturing a patient’s digital impression. This is done using an intraoral scanner that produces digital images of a patient’s dentition and bite relationship.

Step 2: Treatment planning
Once the digital impressions are captured, the dentist can then show the patient the results of the scan on-screen and begin discussing treatment plans.

Step 3: 3D printing of dental models
Digital files gathered earlier are converted into a physical dental model for appliance manufacturing and in turn used for oral treatment.

Easy to Use, Greater Payoff

In the past, 3D printing was always outsourced to dental laboratories. But with the recent developments in 3D technology, dental offices are now allowed to manufacture accessories on their own and drastically cut waiting time on manufacturing dental appliances.

3D printing technology’s success lies in its ease of use that leads to larger returns in investment and quality patient care.