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July 9th, 2014 at 8:09 am

Finland becomes a forerunner in dental 3D printing

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3D printing is now commonly used to evaluate procedures involving the mouth and to make personalized implants, prosthetics and tools.

In recent years 3D printing has become an integral part of medical research. In Finland, university hospitals are using the technology in a variety of medical fields, and especially in dentistry.

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According to news report by STT, a Finnish news agency, 3D printing is now commonly used to evaluate the success rate of procedures involving the mouth and to make personalized implants, prosthetics and tools.

Antti Mäkitie, a professor of ENT at University of Helsinki, believes that Finland is a forerunner in using 3D printing in dental research.

“In addition to mouth and chin surgery and, ear, nose and throat, doctors in plastic surgery are also utilizing the technology (3D printing) in demanding procedures that involve tumor surgeries around the head and neck areas,” Mäkitie said.

Photo credit: Zeit News

Via Inside 3DP

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