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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

The Use of 3D Printing in Dental Implant Education

Categories: Implant Dentistry

Author(s): Aikaterini Georgantza, Peter Loomer, Sang-Choon Cho, Stuart Froum, Takanori Suzuki, Yung Yu

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists from novice to advanced


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Educational Objectives

The overall objective of this article is to discuss the basic principles and applications of three-dimensional printing for educational use in implant dentistry, and to review the integration and experience of this technology in a 2-year post-graduate implant training program. After completing this article, the reader will be able to:

1. Review the history and use of 3D models and techniques to create these;

2. List and describe advantages of 3D versus 2D models in implant dentistry;

3. Describe the use of 3D models for implant treatment planning and pre-operative practice; and,

4. Review the results of the student survey and implications for dental education.


Rapid prototyping techniques for complex three-dimensional model fabrication were introduced more than a decade ago; however they were not widely applied in the field of dentistry because of their prohibitive cost. A survey to evaluate the use of three-dimensional models was completed by the 12 post-graduate students in the Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry implant program. It was concluded that all aspects of implant training were improved using three-dimensional models. These models can be accurately and rapidly produced, based on Cone Beam Computed Tomography datasets and with the help of various rapid prototyping techniques. Using these models in implant dentistry training appears to be highly beneficial for demonstrating complex anatomical situations, instructing students and treatment planning. Based on these findings and the students’ experiences it is recommended that educators use these models in periodontal and prosthetic training in specialty programs as well as for undergraduate teaching.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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