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Article: Volume 43 Number 9 Page 826 - November 2016

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Prosthodontics:  The Use of 3D Metal Printing (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) in Removable Prosthodontics

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Abstract: The use of 3D printing is expanding and it is envisaged that it will have an increasing presence within dentistry. Having an appreciation and understanding of such technology is therefore paramount. It is currently used to produce a variety of dental objects/prostheses. This paper briefly looks at 3D printing in dentistry and specifically describes the use of the direct metal laser sintering 3D printing technique in the production of cobalt chromium removable prosthesis frameworks.

Clinical relevance: Understanding the different technologies that can and are being used within the dental field is important, particularly as it is a rapidly changing field. Having an understanding of such technologies will allow practitioners to utilize such technologies appropriately in the management of their patients.

Author notes: Dominic P Laverty, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCSEd, ACF/StR in Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital, (dominiclaverty560@hotmail.co.uk), Matthew BM Thomas, BDS(Hons), MPhil, MFDS RCS, MRD RCS, FDS(Rest Dent) RCS, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Cardiff University Dental Hospital and Paul Clark, Chief Dental Prosthetic Technologist, Cardiff University Dental Hospital and Liam D Addy, BDS, MFDS, MPhil, FDS(Rest Dent), Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Cardiff University School of Dentistry, Heath Park, Cardiff, UK.

Objective: To describe the use of the direct metal laser sintering 3D printing technique in the production of cobalt chromium removable prosthodontic frameworks.

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