Dr. Andrew Cobb is a pioneer in the field of dentistry. He became an early adopter of leading techniques and technologies that have vastly improved the patient experience and results. Dr. Cobb incorporates modern digital technology into our Washington, DC dental office.
Dr. Cobb uses digital technology and 3-D printing as part of treatment planning and for creating temporary restorations for patients. 3-D printing can offer a unique and economical way to restore normal function and aesthetics while you wait for a permanent dental crown or implant.
3-D Printing in Dentistry: how does it work?
Creating a 3-D printed dental restoration starts with using 3-D digital scanning. Dr. Cobb will scan your mouth and use the imagery to create a custom, highly accurate dental crown or a complete tooth. The 3-D printed restoration is a biocompatible material that is also able to match the color of your existing teeth or natural appearance. The best part is that he can do this during your appointment while you wait.
Your dentist will place and secure the restoration using a special adhesive that they can remove when the final one is ready. Once in place, you can eat and speak normally.
How is 3-D printing beneficial?
Dr. Cobb has incorporated this new technology with the goal of improving your dental care experience and the final outcome. In-office 3-D printing is economical for patients, being less costly than other options for creating a temporary crown or tooth. This advanced technology also provides greater control over the process and how the restoration will fit for the best possible outcome.
What else can doctors use 3-D printing for in dentistry?
Dr. Cobb will continue to evolve the use of 3-D printing in our office due to the many applications it can have as materials and techniques improve. In addition to creating custom temporary dental crowns and other types of restorations, we will use 3-D printing technology to improve your patient experience. For example, we can offer economical alternatives when appropriate for your needs.
- Dr. Cobb can use 3-D printing to create models for more accurate treatment planning; an important part of restorative and cosmetic treatment plans.
- Our dental office can create mouthguards and splints using 3-D printing technology.
- This technology is developing to create clear aligners for addressing orthodontic needs, crooked teeth or bite problems.