Three-dimensional Printing in Dentistry: An Advanced Technology for Craniofacial Regeneration
- Pp. 33-59 (27)Maobin Yang, Qian Zeng, Maria Pereira Vieira and Bernardo Olsson
Since three-dimensional printing (3DP) technology was first invented in 1980s, it has been used in a range of fields, including architecture, manufacturing, engineering, education and medicine. In dentistry, 3DP provides a rapid and precise technology that helps diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment of various dental diseases. In craniofacial regeneration, 3DP helps to design and fabricate dental prosthesis and implants, and it also improves craniofacial tissue engineering. Not only scaffolds can be printed by 3DP, stem cells and growth factors can also be controlled and printed by 3DP. 3DP technology has become a major tool in craniofacial regeneration.