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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 6

To 3D print or not? A questionnaire based survey with the stakeholders

KLE Vishwanath Katti Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, India

Date of Web Publication8-Jan-2021

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.306355

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Acharya A. To 3D print or not? A questionnaire based survey with the stakeholders. J Indian Prosthodont Soc 2020;20, Suppl S1:6

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Acharya A. To 3D print or not? A questionnaire based survey with the stakeholders. J Indian Prosthodont Soc [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 27];20, Suppl S1:6. Available from: https://www.j-ips.org/text.asp?2020/20/5/6/306355

Introduction: The conventional techniques to fabricate fixed dental prosthesis are laborious, prone for faults with frequent repetitions and time consuming, the newer available method for making dental ceramic prostheses in a subtractive manner causes severe waste of materials while requires excessive manual works that bring in uncertainty for control of quality. Hence, 3D printing with its advantage of additive layering, preciseness and short process time has shown promising results. This questionnaire based survey is to find answers to various aspects of 3d printing from the clinicians, prosthodontists and dental technicians.

Methodology: A questionnaire based on google forms was circulated online among the clinicians, prosthodontists and dental technicians, to find their knowledge, awareness and attidude towards the different factors involved in the process of 3d printing for dental crowns, such as ease of use, fabrication, time, accuracy, advantages, shortcoming, cost factor. The responses were statistically analyzed.

Result: 94 percent of the respondants were aware of 3d printing and its dental applications, most prosthodontists knew the processes involved and the advantages. Dental technicians used 3d printing for temporary crowns. 80 percent clinicians opined introduction of 3d printed ceramic crowns will ease operator time, increase patient comfort and accuracy.

Conclusion: Almost all the respondents were aware of the dental applications of 3d printing. The prosthodontists and dental technicians knew the technical aspects better than clinicians and all were of the opinion that introduction of 3d printing will have benefits such as accuracy, clinical ease, shortened time.


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