Trade Arabia reports that the dental industry in the Middle East will continue to move into digital dentistry and will wildly adopt 3D printing within the digital dental laboratories in the next five years, according to experts.
Ashish Panjabi, chief operating officer, Jacky’s Business Solutions, an end-to-end solutions provider for major corporations in the region, said: “3D printers are now becoming more popular across a growing number of dental clinics and hospitals in the region particularly during the end of process in the dental and orthodontic labs.
“Using 3D printers, dental labs are able to maximise production and profitability while improving quality and precision of the required end products.”
During the recently concluded UAE International Dental Conference and Arab Dental Exhibition (AEEDC Dubai), Jacky’s showcased the Objet30 OrthoDesk 3D printer from Stratasys, the first professional Desktop 3D printer that is exclusively designed for smaller orthodontic labs and clinics.
Expected to change the landscape of digital dentistry, the OrthoDesk 3D Printer is equipped to efficiently produce stone models, orthodontic appliances, delivery and positioning trays, retainers and surgical guides.
Eric Erickson, business manager, Dental EMEA at Stsratasys, said: “The dental industry across the world has recently adopted new technologies to replace the manual process in dental laboratories with more efficient digital applications such as the computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D printers.
“By combining oral scanning, CAD and computer-aided manufacturer (CAM) designs, along with 3D printing, dental laboratories can accurately produce crowns, bridges and stone models right on the desktop.”
“While 3D printers are becoming quite popular in the dental industry, there are only five per cent of dentists who are using digital technologies worldwide, with 10 per cent of dental labs moving to digital applications and 3D printers.