Article: Volume 45 Number 7 Page 655 - July/August 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 655-659

Endodontics:  3D Printed Tooth Model – A Patient Education Tool and Surgical Aid in Endodontics

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Abstract: The use of 3D printed models created using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a new addition to the field of dentistry. 3D printed models are easier for the patients to understand and serve as an effective treatment planning tool for the clinician. This case describes 3D printing as a technique which not only aids in visualization of the complex anatomy but serves as a great motivational and educational tool. A tooth with dens invaginatus and chronic apical periodontitis requiring surgical intervention was printed and used for patient motivation and three-dimensional visualization, which improved the accuracy of diagnosis, treatment planning, predictability of procedures and final outcome.

Clinical relevance: 3D printed models can be utilized as a patient education tool for motivating patients who are not convinced by the surgical treatment modality.

Author notes: Ankit Arora, MDS, Reader, KM Shah Dental College, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara, Bharat Mody, MDS, Simply 3D Printing, Vadodara and Niraj Patel BDS, General Dentist, Pratima Dental Care, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

Objective: To demonstrate the usefulness of 3D printed models.