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Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. | doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2018.00172

3D printing- Encompassing the facets of dentistry

 Gunpreet Oberoi1, 2, Sophie Nitsch1, 2, 3,  Michael Edelmayer1, 2,  Klara Janjic1, 2,  Anna S. Müller1, 2 and  Hermann Agis1, 2*
  • 1Medizinische Universität Wien, Austria
  • 2Austrian Cluster for Tissue Regeneration, Austria
  • 3University of Applied Sciences Wien, Austria

This narrative review presents an overview on the currently available 3D printing technologies and their utilization in experimental, clinical and educational facets, from the perspective of different specialties of dentistry, including oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics and periodontics. It covers research and innovation, treatment modalities, education and training, employing the rapidly developing 3D printing process. Research-oriented advancement in 3D printing in dentistry is witnessed by the rising number of publications on this topic. Visualization of treatment outcomes makes it a promising clinical tool. Educational programs utilizing 3D-printed models stimulate training of dental skills in students and trainees. 3D printing has enormous potential to ameliorate oral health care in research, clinical treatment and education in dentistry.

Keywords: 3D printing, Additive manufacturing, Bioprinting, Dentistry, Education, Tissue Engineering

Received: 20 Aug 2018; Accepted: 29 Oct 2018.

Edited by:

Vladimir S. Komlev, AA Baikov Institute of Metallurgy and Materials (RAS), Russia

Reviewed by:

Vasif N. HASIRCI, Department of Medical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Acıbadem University, Turkey
Kar Wey Yong, University of Calgary, Canada  

Copyright: © 2018 Oberoi, Nitsch, Edelmayer, Janjic, Müller and Agis. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: PhD. Hermann Agis, Medizinische Universität Wien, Vienna, 1090, Vienna, Austria, hermann.agis@meduniwien.ac.at