TrueDent is the first monolithic, full-colour 3D-printed permanent denture system, and it was unveiled by 3D printing pioneer Stratasys Ltd.
In one continuous print, labs can make permanent, realistic-looking gums with accurate tooth structure, shade, and translucency using TrueDent, a Class II dental resin that has received FDA clearance.
For the creation of dental appliances, including removable dentures, TrueDent was created specifically. The resin was created specifically to be printed with the GrabCAD print software platform and Stratasys J5 DentaJet 3D printer.
According to Stratasys, the all-in-one system will enable dental labs to scale manufacturing by streamlining workflow and speeding up the processing of dentures while achieving a customized,
highly esthetic dental appliance.
TrueDent removes several obstacles for patients and laboratories:
Reduced “chair time” for office visits, measurements, fittings, and adjustments;
high fidelity match between scan, design, and fit; repeatable, scalable digital solution for the reliable production of accurate,
well-fitting dentures; increased efficiency through a streamlined workflow with a shorter time between scan and delivery.
According to Frank Acosta, owner of AA Dental Design, printed dentures and appliances previously required multiple parts to be designed, created, and then bonded together.
“The TrueDent solution relieves much of that stress using Stratasys’ systems and software.”
It streamlines the procedure,
and speeds up the production of dentures and temporary replacements while achieving stunning aesthetics.
We can now scale up the printing of multicoloured, personalized appliances for prosthetics, according to Acosta in a prepared statement.
The global dentures market and 3d printing
According to Stratasys, the global denture market is worth an estimated $5.5 billion.
However, due to a lack of qualified dental lab technicians, the industry faces difficulties in meeting the growing global demand for dentures and appliances using conventional manufacturing processes.
In 2021, more than 4.2 million complete dentures were produced in the US, and 18 million complete dentures were sold globally, according to iData research. Only 5% of that total is assumed to have been produced using 3D printing.