The Austrian company Lithoz, a specialist in 3D printing of high-performance ceramics, has made further progress in the additive manufacturing of esthetic and durable lithium disilicate dental restorations in collaboration with the dental manufacturer Ivoclar.
As Lithoz demonstrated at the LMT Lab Day trade fair in Chicago this week, ultra-thin veneers 0.3 mm thick and crowns with sharp cusp tips and natural translucency can now be printed. According to the company, this enables the cost-efficient mass production of individual, beautiful dental restorations in dental laboratories for the first time.
The innovation is based on the lithium disilicate powder IPS e.max from partner Ivoclar. According to the company, the Lithoz 3D printing process LCM produces several customized restorations for different patients per production run – with a level of detail comparable to conventional manufacturing methods.
In addition to aesthetic applications, Lithoz will also be presenting bioresorbable bone implants and patient-specific zirconia dental implants from the 3D printer in Chicago. According to the company, the exhibits can be viewed on site.