Direct restorations and 3D-printing: from the computer to the tooth

Camila S. Sampaio, Pablo J. Atria

Introduction: The use of digital technology in dentistry is already part of the routine of many dentists and laboratories, after the development and improvement of the CAD/CAM and 3D-printing technologies. Methods: By means of a case report, a digital workflow for image acquisition and restoration of a fractured tooth in a virtual manner and 3D-printing will be presented, making it easier to obtain a final resin composite restoration. Results: The described technique allowed for a final restoration with high levels of aesthetics and function, in which the digital workflow made it possible to achieve an exact copy of the lost dental structure. Conclusion: The described clinical case presents a simple and highly predictable way of performing direct resin composite restorations of teeth that need their anatomy to be replicated.

Keywords: 3D-printing. Resin composite. Direct restoration.

How to cite: Sampaio CS, Atria PJ. Direct restorations and 3D-printing: from the computer to the tooth. J Clin Dent Res. 2018 May-Aug;15(2):16-25. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14436/2447-911x.15.2.016-025.oar

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