USC dental students using 3-D printing technology for dentures
In 2017, Ostrow introduced into its already robust digital workflow the opportunity for students to learn to use 3-D printing technology to create removable partial and complete dentures for their patients.
The groundbreaking move — USC is one of the nation’s first dental schools to do this on a large scale — gives all third- and fourth-year students a leg-up on technology expected to become commonplace in the next five to 10 years.
The digital process replaces the traditional method, which meant sending a dental impression off to a lab and waiting weeks for the dentures to be made by hand.
Instead, dental students can expect to receive precise, custom-made dentures within days, which means fewer visits and far less time in the dental chair for patients.
“These dentures are more comfortable and pose less problems,” explains Tae Kim PROS ’01, associate professor of clinical dentistry and Removable Prosthodontics chair. “Digital fabrication also allows a second set of dentures to be prepared without going through all the clinical procedures again. We’ve had patients lose their dentures and have been able to deliver another set their next visit.”
This story originally appeared in the TroDent, the official publication for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Read more stories like this in our Fall 2017 issue.