Current Oral Health Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 133–139 | Cite as

Current and Emerging Applications of 3D Printing in Restorative Dentistry

  • Evanthia AnadiotiEmail author
  • Brittany Kane
  • Elizabeth Soulas
Digital and Esthetic Dentistry (E Anadioti and P Stathopoulou, Section Editors)
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  1. Topical Collection on Digital and Esthetic Dentistry


Purpose of Review

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is an emerging technology in the dental field. As it continues to advance beyond diagnostic purposes, it shifts towards the fabrication of permanent prostheses utilizing existing and novel biomaterials. A review and comparison of the current research on materials, techniques, and applications of 3D printing available for restorative use was conducted.

Recent Findings

Currently, 3D printing used across the field of restorative dentistry, includes laboratory models and casting patterns, interim full and partial coverage restorations, surgical guides, occlusal splints, maxillofacial prosthetics, removable prostheses, and implants. Resins are most often used while ceramic and hybrid materials are currently under investigation and development.


While the current research available highlights 3D printing’s potential in the dental field, more research is needed on the existing and developing materials and printers, thus allowing for an exponential increase of this technology’s applications in restorative dentistry.


3D printing Digital dentistry CAD/CAM Rapid prototyping Stereolithography Additive manufacturing 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evanthia Anadioti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brittany Kane
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Soulas
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Preventive and Restorative SciencesUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Dental MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied SciencePhiladelphiaUSA

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