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    8 emerging technologies that will change the dental laboratory

    These innovations are already in other industries—and they’re coming to dentistry soon, bringing changes that will have huge implications.

     

    3d bioprinting

    Bioprinting

    Another exciting area of research with implications for dentistry is in the area of biomaterials. Biomaterials are used to print final, organic prostheses that will be biocompatible and entirely accepted by the patient’s body. Some biomaterials use stem cells to create body parts, while others are complicated mixtures of existing organic material from non-human sources with human-made components. But the potential to create human tissue with these materials have endless possibilities for the dental market.

    It’s incredible to imagine that, someday, it may be possible to “print” a patient’s teeth using their own genetic material, making a restoration that is as natural as the teeth they were born with. Dental laboratories could also use biomaterials to print gingival segments that will fit and merge with existing gingival material, providing “dentures” that are actually just real teeth in real gums that can still be removed.

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    Ryan Hamm
    Ryan Hamm is the Editorial Director for Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics.

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