3D-Printed Removable Partial Dentures

  • Balqees Almufleh
  • Faleh TamimiEmail author
  • Eric Caron
  • Omar Alageel


Recently, digital techniques have revolutionized the production of partial removable dental prostheses (PRDPs). This chapter reviews current systems for PRDP production, how they are done in clinical practice, its advantages and limitations, and current literature regarding their clinical performance. Currently, several digital techniques are available in the market for PRDP production including subtractive and additive techniques. Subtractive milling technique is mainly effective for nonmetal PRDP. Digital techniques expand the range of materials that can be utilized for PRDP production, including new polymers (PEEK), and facilitate previously difficult procedure such as casting titanium PRDP, which can be produced digitally more easily. This review shows that available evidence suggests that these techniques have promising clinical results. Laser-sintering resulted in higher patient satisfaction compared to conventional technique. However, long-term clinical trials are recommended to explore the long-term effects of these techniques. Moreover, this review showed the lack of evidence on the clinical performance of nonmetal partial removable dental prostheses.


Partial removable dental prosthesis Laser-sintering 3D printing Nonmetal PRDP CAD-CAM Stereolithography Casting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Balqees Almufleh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Faleh Tamimi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eric Caron
    • 3
  • Omar Alageel
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of DentistryMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Prosthetic Dental Sciences, College of DentistryKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.MilidentLavalCanada
  4. 4.College of Applied Dental SciencesKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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