E4D: 3-D Printing For Your Teeth!

3-D PRINTING MIGHT SEEM like the newest technological innovation, but it has actually been around since the 1980s, when Chuck Hull printed a cup meant for washing out irritated eyes. His process is still the one we use today to print all kinds of things, including dental crowns!

The traditional procedure for making crowns is to fill trays with a putty-like substance. This goes in the patient’s mouth to make an impression, which then goes to a lab where they use it to make the crowns or implants. This process requires you, the patient, to come back for a second visit. Luckily, E4D 3-D Printing streamlines that process, making it easier for dentists and patients alike!

Benefits To Using 3-D Printing In Our Practice

The E4D Dentist CAD/CAM(computer aided design/computer aided milling) system empowers the dental practice to scan, design, and mill beautiful restorations right in the office.  The dentist will customize the restoration to fit the patient’s unique features, after which it is created in a milling unit right in the dental office.  Your permanent crown is made in our office while you wait.  No need to wait on a dental laboratory to make your crown, no need for a follow up visit to put the crown on your tooth.  When we use the E4D 3-D Printing, you leave the office with your permanent crown already completed.

What the equipment looks like…


Take a look at a machine shaping a crown in slow motion


Staying On the Cutting Edge

We are always making sure we keep up with the latest 3-D Printing technology. We love it and want you to love it too! If you have any further questions regarding 3-D printing, feel free to give us a visit and we’ll answer any question we can!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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