3-D Printing Resin Designed for Permanent Crowns

Richard Gawel
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The Formlabs Permanent Crown Resin and Soft Tissue Starter Pack are designed to empower dental offices and labs to further digitize restorative dentistry and offer patients 3-D printed long-term restorations such as fillings, crowns, bridges, and implants.

According to the company, 3-D printed permanent crowns are a completely new application in dentistry, and with its Permanent Crown Resin, Formlabs is one of the first 3-D printing manufacturers to offer a high-quality solution with a low upfront equipment cost.

Historically, 3-D printed permanent restorations were out of reach due to a lack of appropriate dental materials on the market with the desired mechanical properties, accuracy, and fit compared to milled of conventional materials, Formlabs said.

However, an increase in adoption and accessibility for 3-D printing in dentistry over the past five years has opened the door to testing and validating cutting-edge indications, Formlabs said, and its Permanent Crown Resin provides the innovation to move dentistry forward.

“3D printing improves the patient experience and enables dental labs and practices to provide patients with higher quality, more reliable and affordable solutions to traditional processes,” said Georgia Haddad, Formlabs’ dental strategic partnerships lead.

“We’re committed to innovating our offerings to provide the dental industry with the tools needed to operate at the cutting edge of an increasingly digital workflow and provide patients with high quality care,” said Haddad.

Developed in partnership with BEGO, Permanent Crown Resin is a tooth-colored, ceramic-filled resin for 3-D printing permanent single crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. With an accessible price point and low per-part cost, Formlabs said, it enables practices to achieve high-quality restorations through 3-D printing.

Permanent Crown Resin provides high-strength, long-term restorations with an accurate and precise fit, the company said, as well as low water absorption and a smooth finish to decrease the tendency to age, discolor, or accumulate plaque.

The Soft Tissue Starter Pack includes Formlabs’ Flexible 80A Resin and three color pigments to enable dental labs to create customizable soft tissue resin to print gingiva masks for implant models.

With its reliable printing and consistent digital workflow, Formlabs said, the Soft Tissue Starter Pack enables dental users to plan implant-based restorations more accurately, minimizing chairside adjustment time and expanding what’s possible with 3-D printing in dentistry.

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