Glidewell unveils 3D Printed Surgical Guides for Dental Applications

Glidewell, a producer of custom restorative services, materials and devices manufacturer, has developed tissue- and bone-supported surgical guides to enable dentists optimize implant positioning for cases where a fixed or removable implant restoration is planned.

The new service reinforces the company’s job as an implant solutions provider that ambitions to provide prosthetically driven implant positioning and a smooth, predictable surgical procedure for fully edentulous patients through its Digital Treatment Planning (DTP) line extension.

What the company does not always highlight is that this new service would be backed by 3D printing technology at the manufacturing level. In fact, the company is one of the rare users in dentistry to operate a fleet of 400 3D printers (+/-).

With our new service for fully edentulous cases, we use advanced 3D treatment planning software to produce surgical guides that position implants in the optimal location needed to support the desired restoration, be that an implant-supported overdenture or the BruxZir Implant Prosthesis,” said Ilan Sapir, manager of the Digital Treatment Planning department.

Our goal has always been to make high-quality dental care available to as many patients as possible. Many dentists who choose to place implants for their patients follow this same philosophy, and we support them through education and innovative but cost-effective surgical and restorative solutions. The fully edentulous have the most to gain from implant treatment, and our new full-arch surgical guides will help more dentists place implants with the confidence they need to provide care for this important patient population,” stated Glidewell Founder and President Jim Glidewell.

To achieve this ultimate goal, Glidewell would become the 3D printing partner of many labs by facilitating the process of obtaining 3D printed items derived from patient scans, making it easy and affordable. This expansion makes the company’s business more compelling overall and positions the US-based company as a one-stop-shop for the 3D printing needs of all dental labs.

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