Trends in computer-aided manufacturing in prosthodontics: A review of the available streams

Jaafar Abduo, K.M. Lyons, Mohammed Bennamoun

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Abstract

In prosthodontics, conventional methods of fabrication of oral and facial prostheses have been considered the gold standard for many years. The development of computer-aided manufacturing and the medical application of this industrial technology have provided an alternative way of fabricating oral and facial prostheses. This narrative review aims to evaluate the different streams of computer-aided manufacturing in prosthodontics. To date, there are two streams: the subtractive and the additive approaches. The differences reside in the processing protocols, materials used, and their respective accuracy. In general, there is a tendency for the subtractive method to provide more homogeneous objects with acceptable accuracy that may be more suitable for the production of intraoral prostheses where high occlusal forces are anticipated. Additive manufacturing methods have the ability to produce large workpieces with significant surface variation and competitive accuracy. Such advantages make them ideal for the fabrication of facial prostheses. © 2014 Jaafar Abduo et al.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
JournalInternational Journal of Dentistry
Volume2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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